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Posted on 05/06/2021 5:53:06 AM PDT by Red Badger
tintinnabulation - noun
tin·tin·nab·u·la·tion | \ ˌtin-tə-ˌna-byə-ˈlā-shən \
Definition of tintinnabulation:
1: the ringing or sounding of bells
2: a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells
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If the sound of tintinnabulation rings a bell, that may be because it traces to a Latin interpretation of the sound a ringing bell makes.
Our English word derives from tintinnabulum, the Latin word for "bell." That Latin word, in turn, comes from the verb tintinnare, which means "to ring, clang, or jingle." Like the English terms "ting" and "tinkle," tintinnare originated with a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it-that is, it is onomatopoeic.
Edgar Allan Poe celebrates the sonic overtones of tintinnabulation in his poem "The Bells," which includes lines about "the tintinnabulation that so musically wells / From the bells, bells, bells, bells, / Bells, bells, bells-/ From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells."
Examples of tintinnabulation in a Sentence:
the merry tintinnabulation of church bells
Recent Examples on the Web:
The delicate tintinnabulation of Adasiewicz’s vibes dovetailed with Reed’s telegraphic drum work, Reid’s amber cellos lines, Johnson’s silvery trumpet phrases and Heinemann’s warmly resonant bass. — Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Hyde Park Jazz Festival makes a mighty impact online," 27 Sep. 2020
Adasiewicz’s score reflects the impressionistic quality Christopher describes, the tintinnabulation of his vibraphone echoed in silvery streaks of melody from Berman’s cornet and washes of sound from Drake’s percussion. — Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Jason Adasiewicz creates a glistening film score," 2 Nov. 2017
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First Known Use of tintinnabulation 1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for tintinnabulation:
Latin tintinnabulum bell, from tintinnare to ring, jingle, from tinnire
Tintinnabulation Ringy Pingy Thingy!..............
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells sung by Phil Ochs. Poe made fine use of tintinnabulation.
If a German Shephere wears a bell, is that Rinn-Tinn-Tintinnabulation?...............
Rintintinabulation. When a German Shepard rings the bells.
Beat me to it. It is a word used in one of Poe’s greatest works.
THAT’S what’s causing my tinnitus!
“The merry tintinnabulation of Church bells” accompanied the procession that began Paschal Matins last Sunday!!!!
Christ is Risen!!!!
And here I was, all thinknin’ that a tinntinabulation meant washing the old pots and pans in the metal sink at mah grandmother’s house ....
I learned it as onomatopoeia.
LOL.......and you NEVER knew a snare drum beat out “rat-a-tat-tat?”
I was at the gun range yesterday where I experienced a most satisfying and gratifying consistent tintinnabulation of lead contacting fry pans at 150 yards.
That sound in your head,
of yet more cowbell.
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