“Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me”
So we were taught as children. But, even then, we knew the truth. Words can be a dagger, or the balm. A single word can give sense and purpose or haunt for a lifetime. We are required to be of a certain age and obtain a licence to use a gun but there is no age restriction on using words nor requirement to apply for a licence.
And so, friendships are forged and emnities cemented by the use of words.