“Sticks and Stones” is an English
language children’s rhyme. It persuades the child victim of name-calling to
ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm
and good-natured. First appearance
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: The phrase also appeared in 1872, where
it is presented as advice in Tappy’s Chicks: and Other Links Between Nature
and Human Nature, by Mrs. George Cupples. The version used in that work
^ Gary Martin. “The Phrase Finder”. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
^ Cupples, Mrs. George [Ann Jane Dunn Douglas]. Tappy’s Chicks: And Other
Links Between Nature and Human Nature. London: Strahan & Co. p. 78.