to taunt

Alex   Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:20 am GMT
I'm a having a bit of a problem with the word 'to taunt'. Could someone please point out the differences to phrases like 'to make fun of', or 'to tease'?

Here's an example:
'The other kids continually taunted him about his size.'

Bluey   Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:16 am GMT
Taunt, tease. It's pretty much the same thing
Mari   Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:23 am GMT
Personally, I think that taunt is like an indirect form of teasing. By definition the word taunt means "-to reproach in a sarcastic manner;mock" I think if someone was taunting you (for example) about your size, they'd be insulting you without saying it out front.
They might show off their own shirt size or whatnot.
Hope this helps ;)