Tag Archives: name calling

1109. Lorna

Lorna disliked her name. Some kids at school would ridicule her: “Lorna needs mowing” and “Do you wash your clothes in the Lorna-dry?” and so on. These kids thought they were clever, but Lorna was hurt. She wanted to change her name.

“Can I change my name?” she asked her mother.

“Perhaps you could use your middle name,” suggested her mother. Lorna’s middle name was Elizabeth.

Lorna said she’d think about it. And then… quite by accident… Lorna discovered…

Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor, a novel by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. She loved it! Why would she ever want to change her name from Lorna? Lorna! The woman who married the handsome and brave Jan Ridd! The woman who lived happily ever after!

790. Sticks and stones

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Mummy! Mummy! At school they called me Farty-Pants. Johnny called me Farty-Pants and then everyone started calling me Farty-Pants! Farty-Pants! I don’t want to go to school tomorrow.

Listen, Tommy. All you have to do is say Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me! You say it now!

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!

There! So if at school tomorrow they call you names, all you have to do is say:

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!

The next day Tommy went off to school. Mummy knew she’d told him a load of crap.