Idiom: 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me'

What does 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me' mean?

Meaning:

To be resistant to criticism.  This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.

Contributor: Doug Robbins

Country: International English | Subject Area: Body and bodily functions | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used

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