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The History of the Word Bully Bully: A Vicious, Cowardly Word With a Long History

What the history of the word can tell us about the (unfortunately) hot topic of bullying.

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What the history of the word can tell us about the (unfortunately) hot topic of bullying.

As kids, most of us were probably on both sides of bullying. That was the case with me. As an unconfident, skinny dork, I was a tempting target for certain jackasses—but I wasn’t above contributing to class-wide bullying of the most put-upon social pariahs. It didn’t take much guts or brains to intimidate me, and it took even less balls of my own to dish out mean words to kids who were already taking it from nearly everyone. I guess it evened out.

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