Talk:sticks and stones

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This isn't a word, its part of severla sayings, such as "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me"

From Rfv. Is this Wiktionary material? If yes, then it would be better to have a definition, otherwise it's not really of much use. SemperBlotto 08:32, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

I've added proper definitions and more quotes. I'm still not sure whether the first definition is idiomatic enough, but the second definitely warrants inclusion. There also seems to be a third use in philosophy that I don't know enough about to write a definition for. --Ptcamn 11:38, 22 August 2006 (UTC)
Very nicely done Ptcamn. --Connel MacKenzie 18:48, 22 August 2006 (UTC)
I have removed the first def, and left the second one. The third one wasn't there. Andrew massyn 10:08, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

First def =


sticks and stones

  1. primitive or makeshift weaponry
    • 20C, Albert Einstein, letter to Harry S. Truman, as quoted by Alex Johnson in The culture of Einstein (2005)
      I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
    • 2001, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
      The multitude, armed with sticks and stones, drove them back into the Capitol.
    • 2002, Vladimir A. Kozlov, Mass Uprisings in the USSR: Protest and Rebellion in the Post-Stalin Years
      On July 1 a group of Soviet and party activists tried to “establish contact with the people who were in the convent,” but were beaten back with sticks and stones.