Words Hurt, Think Before You Speak

“sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This saying means a person can hurt another person physically by punching or kicking him, but an individual will never hurt him physically with words. A truer way of saying it would be, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will really hurt me”. This phrase emphasizes that verbal criticism hurts more than physical pain because it makes us feel that we’re not valuable or we are not as good as others around us. There are so many people who have been hurt by others’ dreadful words. I know this to be true because I have witnessed a person who committed suicide due to another’s fearful words. I also know a girl who starved herself to death due to her mother’s awful words and a guy who always regret for saying, “I hate you” to his mother. When someone jokes around by calling his friends fat or ugly, she’ll never knows that the ones being teased take it very seriously. Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will really hurt us because we start to believe that the words are true.



A British Airways aircraft was about to land at London’s Heathrow airport. The co- pilot initiated the landing procedure while the pilot flicked the switch on the mike and started his announcement: ” We are circling Heathrow airport and  awaiting landing permission which we expect shortly. The weather outside is bright and sunny. The outside temperature is nineteen degrees Celsius. I wish you all a happy landing and thank you for flying British Airways.”

He then flicked the switch and turned to his co-pilot as he continued the conversation: ” And the first thing I am going to do when I land is to have a pint of chilled beer and then make Passionate love to the blonde long – legged air hostess who has joined us last week.”

Unfortunately, due to some malfunction, the mike switch had remained on and his voice boomed onto the entire cabin through the PA system. A visibly embarrassed long- legged blonde air- hostess rushed to the cockpit to warn the pilot and stumbled in her hurry. An elderly lady who was there said softly,” Now, young lady, no need to hurry. I clearly heard him say that he was going to have the beer first.”

We should not open our mouths unless we are sure of what we are going to say, who the listener is or could be , and what effect it would have on  him.

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