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
Definition of BULLY – According to Miriam-Webster
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 race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. 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)
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.