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Silver3
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I have the word on the tip of my tongue, and I can't get it on the page...
Does anyone know how to describe the sound bones make as they hit each other? (I mean, hypothetically, of course bones don't hit each other when a human body moves.)

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Beth
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rattling? grating? probably depends on the bones and whether they're still inside a living body or not.
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Hum...Dead person, skin more or less falling to pieces (think zombie in a very bad state).
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clicking? clacking? clattering?

Those are the words that come immediately to mind, except "rattling", which beth already mentioned. But then, I'm thinking skeleton, not zombies.

[This message has been edited by cvgurau (edited October 10, 2006).]


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My cadaver creaks a little, but doesn't make that much noise when we move him, in general.

(I'm a med student, for anyone who doesn't know me and might have been freaked out by that comment....)


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ok, I'll go for "creak"
(I have to admit I had a moment of doubt when I saw "my cadaver", but then I remembered )
Thanks!

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My cadaver rattles. But he's mummified. And is required to kill once every 300 years to take revenge on humanity for disturbing his grave. Otherwise he's a nice guy. Half the things that come out of his mouth are "Yo' Mamma" jokes, though. It can get very irritating. Sometimes I wonder why I keep him around.
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Beth
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My cadaver is almost silent. sometimes there is a soft squishing sound when it runs into a wall or something. but it is quiet and sneaky.
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In the situation described, the bones would probably be a bit too slimey and soft to make much noise unless they get crunched. And because of decay and whatnot, the crunch would be a lot quieter than the crack of living bones getting broken.
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crunch or crack for dried bones. For wet part fleshy ones I would think something alone the lines of "thwunk" or a wet slap (like a side of beef hitting the counter top).
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I keep expecting someone to say "grind", because that's how some real people I know -- not dead ones, either! -- describe the way their own bones sound to them because of arthritis, etc. Since no one has said it, though, here I am...
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Grating creak.
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If you're speaking in terms of, say, the spherical head of a femur and its accompanying pelvic socket 'hitting' each other...I would definitely go with 'grinding' or 'grating.' If you're talking about a neanderthal whacking two bleached femurs together to emphasize a gutteral point, 'crack,' 'snap,' 'pop,' and 'thwack' come to mind. Kinda like "...Uru brought the skeletal drumsticks together with a sickening crack." IMHO, I think italics emphasize the fact that the word is an audible sound nicely.


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Even live bones can crunch, like when you shut a finger in a door or have a freak rib-breaking accident. It was similar to the sound of the collision of two VWs. I'm not sure if it was important that they were VWs. Aren't VWs somewhat better engineered?
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