“Innuendo” has a special legal meaning.
Sometimes a story will look completely
innocent to most people, but it may carry a barb that is understood by some of the
For example, it may appear harmless to say that John Smith doesn’t recycle waste paper.
But if some people know that Smith is an environmental activist, the story will suggest to those people that he is a hypocrite.
"Until fairly recently, there were no sounds associated with female aggression -- as if it didn't exist.
It's only in the last decade or so that aggression by the female -- in the form of social or relational aggression -- has been recognized.
The words now associated with female aggressive behavior include:
excluding, ignoring, teasing, gossiping, secrets, backstabbing, rumor spreading and hostile body language (i.e., eye-rolling and smirking).
Most damaging is turning the victim into a social "undesirable".
The behavior and associated anger is hidden, often wrapped in a package seen as somewhat harmless or just a "girl thing".
The covert nature of the aggression leaves the victim with no forum to refute the accusations
and, in fact, attempts to defend oneself leads to an escalation of the aggression."
"With the growing data indicating that, for both boys and girls, covert forms of
it is clear that the old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but
but is also dangerous in that it has marginalised the
Edith Cowan University 2009