Bullying Can Show Up in Your Book!

Yes, bullying can show up in your book and perhaps some of the tips below will help characterize those involved as bullies.

Please read to the bottom for the most important message of the day.

bullying | adj.

  1. a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing
    person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.


  1. a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing
    person who habitually badgers and
    intimidates smaller or weaker people.
  2. Archaic. a man hired to do violence.
  3. Obsolete. a pimp; procurer.
  4. Obsolete. good friend; good fellow.
  5. Obsolete. sweetheart; darling.

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Our society and media is full of discussion surrounding the bullying crisis today.  There are organizations fighting against the bully, the overbearing, larger child who attacks a smaller, quieter, perhaps more studious child, or one who is not athletic. It seems to happen for a variety of reasons.

We have heard and/or read stories of young people who have committed suicide as a result of bullying.  Only one word characterizes this behavior: tragic.

I have included the archaic and obsolete definitions of “bully” here because I found them interesting.  It is hard to believe that at some point in the history of language “bully” meant “sweetheart.”

I doubt any of us would have a difficult time characterizing someone bullying another in our writing.  Likely the caricature here sums up what a bully is in our mental database.

Today instead of a writing prompt or exercise let’s all agree to do our best to defeat bullying in our schools, churches, neighborhoods, wherever you see it happening.  No one wants to be pushed around or made fun of, and let’s do what we can to stop it.

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14 thoughts on “Bullying Can Show Up in Your Book!

  1. I just saw another A to Z post on bullying. I agree with you, as adults we should make sure kids feel ok to talk to us about being bullied, and if we see it, to stop it. I know sometimes parents tend to want to hold back if their own kid isn’t involved, because then you’re telling someone else how to parent their kid. But I do think the phrase “it takes a village” has merit. We need to work together to make sure our kids are safe. Great topic!
    Hope you’re having fun with the A to Z Challenge! Here’s mine for today: A Girl and her Diary

    1. Stephanie, thanks for stopping by today and leaving your thoughts. I agree that “it takes a village” is more than hollow words. I’ll see you on the challenge!

  2. Maybe we should start with the adults who set examples, like the ranting anchormen on major broadcast networks – what’s happening to journalists who assume they’re ‘King’ because they have the ‘facts?’ Sorry, that was my rant for the day.

    1. I firmly believe, Belinda, that our younger set is taking its cues from people in places of what they assume to be authority, just as you’ve mentioned. And “bullying” was my near rant for the day! I ranted on someone else’s blog about “preaching” and leaving negative comments for a blogger. Just not nice!

  3. Great topic (we blogged about bullying today, too.) So important to raise awareness on this horrible epidemic…so important to stand up and speak out. Happy A-Z -Rebecca from moxiewriters.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca! Made a visit over to your site and loved what you did with bullying. 🙂 The awareness level on this issue cannot reach too high! Happy “C” day tomorrow!

    1. This is an issue near and dear to my heart these days. Both our grandsons in TN have extraordinary minds, but one is ADHD/Aspberger’s and the other on the genius spectrum. Both have difficulties with social interactions, and you know where that can lead. We try to stay on top of what we can to keep ourselves informed on this topic. Thanks for your kind words, Kathy!

    1. That word “sweetheart” jumped off the screen of my laptop and I was incredulous that the two words could relate in any way! 🙂

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