Of Bullies and Accomplices:
Over the years it has become clear to me that the word bully is a very powerful one. It’s origins from the 1500’s come from the word “sweetheart” (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bully).
What a journey! In the 1600’s it developed a darker meaning from ‘blusterer ‘ to ‘harasser of the weak’ where it has grown in status amongst our spoken word. Recently the word bully has taken on a new meaning. Looking at the Google mentions chart it rose dramatically in the 1980’s. Who would have thought that this legacy of the words rise in prominence originated from Thatcher? The word has not gone away in fact I would say it has developed a life of its own in schools; in 2015 bullying is rife. It is a word used to great effect. More and more it is a word used to mean Senior Leadership.
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