Words - Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But words will never hurt me.

We have all heard that but still blame others for what they did to us. Some say their parents never told them they 'loved' them and that is why things are not right.

So it is true?  Well, I think the above is true however on the deeper level it is about the intent behind the words and whether we have a certain reaction to it. Things are really about intent. The words winner, loser, happy, mad, crazy, failure, success - all have emotions tied to them.  This is why as time goes on people stop using certain words or use them with a new meaning. So it's really the meaning we associate to words and the intent behind them that can harm or affect us.