I remember from a very young age hearing the saying “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I believe it was one of the dinner ladies, during lunch time play, in our West Brompton playground, back in the early eighties.
I also remember the rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. I was led to believe this was true. As an orthopaedic trained nurse I can tell you that it takes more than sticks and stones to cause a fracture.
Sometimes, it feels as though I am back in that playground with spiteful, horrible people who insist on saying cruel and hurtful things. Carry on. If it makes you feel better.
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