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Episode 57 | S3 E8 – Sticks and Stones

Mario Hines August 1, 2023

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This week on Appraise The Phrase:

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This week, Mario and Twenty unveil the origin, confirm the meaning, and assess the value of Sticks and Stones.

Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by hip-hop and spoken word artist Shy Speaks to investigate where this old nursery rhyme comes from and how true it is.

ShySpeaks, is a hip-hop & spoken word artist, speaker, and host from Dallas, TX. Her soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics, and DYNAMIC stage presence, converts audiences into instant fans! She is hailed as having one of the most interchangeable voices of her generation. As a 5x Spoken Word Awardee and a Grammy & Dove Award-winning music artist, it is impossible to not be empowered after an experience with ShySpeaks!

You can find all things Shy Speaks at


0:00 Sticks, Stones, Street Fighter 2 & Dragonball Z
0:46 Intro
1:17 Roll Call: Professionally and publicly
2:36 Welcome Shy Speaks
4:41 That’s All I Have To Say About Sticks and Stones
10:30 Confirm the Meaning: Cambridge Dictionary and English Club Dictionary
15:15 Unveil The Origin – Defense Mechanism and Irreversible Binomials
24:38 Unveil The Origin – Golden Sticks and Stones and Bad Names
27:46 Unveil The Origin – The Christian Recorder and the A.M.E Church
27:26: Knock On Wood Around The Globe
42:30 Assess The Value
50:59 Dictionary of Misinformation: Crocodile Tears

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