clatterbone

Discussion in 'English Only' started by evey, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. evey Junior Member

    Portugal
    Hi!

    Can anyone tell what a clatterbone is? I couldn't find it in the dictionary.
     
  2. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    Do you have any context, Evey? (I shall ask this only once)
     
  3. evey Junior Member

    Portugal
    Let's see if it helps...

    «Proof that when the Victorian age collapsed under its own weighty ideals and detail, the dark varnish peeled off and stood up on its own, ghoulishly, and that weird spectre did a clatterbone jig right into the next century.»
     
  4. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    New York
    USA - English
    The image is of a skeleton dancing.
     
  5. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Think of the Danse Macabre. Or of The Skeleton Dance.

    "Clatter" describes the sound made by the bones.
    http://www.wordreference.com/definition/clatter

    "Clatterbone" was likely invented or coined by the author.
     

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