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    rattling = clanking

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    At this minute the father of the family walked in, rattling his seals like a true British merchant.

    rattling = clanking

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: rattling = clanking

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    At this minute the father of the family walked in, rattling his seals like a true British merchant.

    rattling = clanking

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    *** Not a teacher***
    Is this translation from Russian? Sorry, I cannot get the sence of "seals" in this context.
    Last edited by Jack8rkin; 01-Sep-2010 at 13:28.

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    Re: rattling = clanking

    Hi Jack8rkin,

    In my humble opinion the most probable meaning of the term in question is the classical one.

    seal = a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents

    I assume that the merchants in the mentioned old times was carrying their seals hooked on their belts. So they were something like mobile offices.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: rattling = clanking

    Rattling does equal clanking, though rattling means a higher pitch and a higher frequency. For example, change in your pocket might rattle, but two swords in a swordfight might clank very second or two.

    I remember as a kid in Germany buying 90 minute blank cassettes that boasted of "kristallklarischeklange"!!! Thanks for reminding me of that.

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