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Lessons from “sticks and stones”

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. We’ve all heard or said the phrase. It’s the classic response to playground bullies, and its’ origin dates back to 1862. True courage, the comeback intends, is doing what what is right despite the jeers and sneers of others. We all are also aware that sometimes the speaker of the put down is the one who is hurt instead. The cheap shot, the degradation, the low blow does little to the intended target, and, in fact, only seems to make them stronger. You’ve seen it in the wrestling ring and in action movies. Being a wordsmith of sorts, I know well the impact of words, both written and spoken. Statements of derision, meant to mock or scorn, can return void while packing a fierce counter-punch. Here are three examples that come readily to mind. Read this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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