Discussion in 'English Only' started by evey, Jan 23, 2008.
Can anyone tell what a clatterbone is? I couldn't find it in the dictionary.
Do you have any context, Evey? (I shall ask this only once)
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.»
The image is of a skeleton dancing.
Think of the Danse Macabre. Or of The Skeleton Dance.
"Clatter" describes the sound made by the bones.
"Clatterbone" was likely invented or coined by the author.
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