Trash-talking, Teasing, and Mockery (Part Two): Bullies and Bullying

A bully is  a person who teases, hurts, or picks on someone weaker.

(You can read our earlier blog post – Part 1 – if these verbs are new for you.)

Bully can be used as a noun or a verb.

The boys bullied the girl.


The bully punched him in the face.

Many schools have rules against bullying.  They ask teachers to watch out for children who bully others.

Bullies often create nicknames about kids based on their appearance, wearing glasses or braces, let’s say, or having red hair.

We can use a causative verb pattern (S + make + O + V) to talk about the effects of bullying.

Bullies make their victims feel bad.  Bullies make their victims lose self-confidence.  Bullies make kids avoid certain places or activities because they are afraid.

Parents and teachers need to make bullies understand how and why they are hurting others.

Extra Practice:

You can listen to a TED Talk on bullying.  It has subtitles and an interactive transcript so you can follow along.

You can also go to Netflix and watch the movie King Jack, which looks at bullying.

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