sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

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The earliest recording dates from March 1862 in the US, but is implied to have been used earlier.[1]

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sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

  1. (idiomatic) A response to taunting proclaiming the speaker's indifference.

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