Names Will Never Hurt You?

When I was in elementary school back in the day, their was an old saying that many of us students and even some teachers said when it came to bullying.

It was: sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.

That is about the worst advice anyone could give.

Verbal abuse, for many people, is just as traumatic as being physically assaulted. Repeated verbal abuse, verbal bullying, can be so upsetting to some that it can even be a cause of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety issues.

No joke.


Registered Member
It is a rhyme for kids - that being called a name is not going to make you bleed or cause bruises or breaks.

Of course you can be emotionally hurt by others calling you names. The rhyme says "you aren't bleeding, ignore the idiots"


Free Spirit
Staff member
Being called names can be hurtful but it won't send you to the hospital is what I get from that. Ignoring name calling can be challenging especially if they are in your face with it. People like that probably have mental issues. So it may be best to walk away because they could hurt you.