Define it, Understand it, but be Careful of Abusing it

Today is Pink Shirt Day (www.pinkshirtday.ca) – a day of activism to talk about and prevent bullying.  

So I looked up some definitions of bullying: 

bullying  present participle of bul·ly – According to Google

Verb
Use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.

Definition of BULLY – According to Miriam-Webster

transitive verb
1
: to treat abusively
2
: to affect by means of force or coercion

According to WikiPedia – Bullying

is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. The behavior can be habitual and involve an imbalance of social or physical power. It can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of racereligiongendersexuality, or ability.[2][3] If bullying is done by a group, it is calledmobbing. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a “target”.

According to the Oxford Dictionaries – verb (bullies, bullying, bullied)

[with object]

  • use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something:a local man was bullied into helping them

 

Whichever definition you subscribe to, remember one thing. Like ‘love’, the word ‘bully’ can be over used and abused, causing the word itself to lose impact and value. 

Use it to define real bullying.

Use it to be clear that bullying won’t be tolerated.

Don’t use it to describe every action that you don’t like or approve of. You are only hurting people who genuinely need our protection and understanding.

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