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    A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    I'm trying to describe a situation where a person hears a very loud unpleasant sound and the sound sweeps through them.

    Can I use "rattle through skull"? What other choices do I have?

    Does this work?

    The motorcycles in this old town are really loud. When they pass you, the cacophony of their engines rattles through your skull.

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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    jarring/grating/rasping
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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    Rattles is good. More:

    - roars
    - resounds
    - reverberates
    - screams
    - careens
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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    Is the whole sentence okay?

    The motorcycles in this old town are really loud. When they pass you, the cacophony of their engines rattles through your skull.

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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Is the whole sentence okay?

    The motorcycles in this old town are really loud. When they pass you, the cacophony of their engines rattles through your skull.
    My personal opinion: I do not associate the word "rattles" when I think of "really loud" motorcycles. The sound of a motorcycle is distinctive. I would use a more powerful word like one of Charlie's suggestions in Post #3, as well as "pulsates", "rumbles", "thunders".

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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Is the whole sentence okay?

    The motorcycles in this old town are really loud. When they pass you, the cacophony of their engines rattles their bones.
    A suggestion.
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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    I made a mistake. I should have said rattles your bones.
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    Re: A verb that can be used to talk about an unpleasant loud sound

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I made a mistake. I should have said rattles your bones.
    Nice catch, Tarheel! I was about to vote you off of the island!

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