Calling names is as old as mankind . . . or at least as old as Marash Girl. Starting early on, kids in the neighborhood would call each other names, or in other ways "out" them. How were we taught to respond? With the simple statement, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me." So sometimes the kids would reply to that by throwing sticks or stones!
Names will never hurt? Depending on who you are, where you are, and who's calling you what names!