Words can hit as much or more than a clenched fist. There 'kickers' and boys that never hit.
The old statement that says "barking dog does not bite" metaphor has value, that is, the most important use we give is not to explain the triviality of these animals can not use their jaws for two things at once, (if it barks does not bite and can not bark while biting), but to mean, for example, that when a person threatens, (barks), you do not intend to comply with what is expressed in the threat, (biting).
But we see something even more important: when the dog is barking occupied the mouth can not bite, which we might think that the above statement says something more forceful metaphorical: when someone threat can not carry out his threat.
Does this mean that the threat was perhaps sterile, safe, ineffective? No, it probably was.
Although exhausted his menacing threat pure energy, aggressive this message have effect on threatened.
Indeed, with the exception of psychopaths, we are all upset when we realize that we are being threatened.
Our understanding is important because if the message comes in an unfamiliar language may not meet its goal of punishing.
So when anyone makes a threat usually lose the energy to do it, (who says "I'll give you a blow 'may run out propinarlo and strength to carry out his threat), however the intention aggressor is quite efficient because the threatened feel bad as if he had been beaten: angry, afraid, worried, thereby 'hit' symbolic (in words, orally), meets a target, causing discomfort or greater to that resulting physically applied the coup.
Conclusion: There are "kickers" that never hit.
Teatro humorístico (aunque no tanto) con Guillermo Francella y Cecilia Milone.
Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): Los golpes simbólicos (verbales)
(Este es el Artículo Nº 1.824)