Catch Word #10 – Stone

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Do you know this expression? It’s a good one for kids to know. Check it out and other definitions like the one below in this episode!


Expressions included in the learning materialsstone

  • Leave no stone unturned
  • Nancy Drew
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me
  • Jerk / geek / loser
  • To cast the first stone
  • Stone (weight)
  • The Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Stone-faced
  • Stoner/stoned
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss
  • Like a rolling stone
  • Rolling Stone

Sample transcript

Harp: We have: “Cast the first stone.”

Maura: Yes.

Harp: And now, this is from the Bible.

Maura: I think so.

Harp: Yeah, and I can’t remember the full expression, but how would you describe
this? It comes from the tradition of stoning someone when they do
something wrong or sinful.

Maura: Which, unfortunately, still happens in some countries where if someone has
done something illegal then they actually throw stones at the person.

Harp: So it’s a very cruel practice.

Maura: Right, and was probably around when they created the Bible.

Harp: Exactly!

Maura: But it means that, right, you can’t get someone in trouble for doing something
wrong because probably, yourself, you’ve done something wrong too. So if
you’re going to get mad at someone else, you have to look at what you’ve
done as well.

Harp: Exactly, so you shouldn’t judge other people too harshly until you judge

Maura – So like a stone they are not moving, they’re not showing any signs of happiness or if they are angry or not we don’t know. But I was thinking this could be good if you are playing poker, right because in poker you don’t want anyone to know what you are feeling. If you have a good hand or if you have a bad hand.
Harp – I have a really bad poker face. I can not be stone faced. When I have good cards, if someone looks at me, they know cause I have the biggest smile on my face.

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