What's the saying sticks and stones may break my bones?
Who said sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?
It is reported to have appeared in The Christian Recorder of March 1862, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where it is presented as an "old adage" in this form: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me. But names will never harm me.
What does the phrase sticks and stones mean?
Sticks and stones is a retort one uses when taunted or insulted; the expression means that one is unaffected by the taunt or insult. The idiom sticks and stones is an abbreviation of the proverb, sticks and stones may break may bones but words will never hurt me.