30 March 2009

Word: jangle

I am so terribly highbrow, last week I went to see a production of A Midsummer's Night's Dream by a certain Mr William Shakespeare.
It was put on at St Werbergh's Hall by the Chorlton Players, who are ace (and to make them even better, you can get lashed on cheap tinnies while you enjoy the performance - Chorlton churches are brilliantly liberal).
One might be forgiven for thinking the Bard is a little ambitious for an am dram group, but the CPs pulled it off admirably, and the Rude Mechanicals and Puck were particularly good. Even the music and costumes were fab (The Lowry take note - those lousy Emerald City outfits in The Wizard of Oz at Christmas were shocking).

Anyway, less of the review, we're here to talk about words...
I noticed the use of the word "jangling" when Lysander and his love rival were squaring up to each other. In the context of WS's wonderful rhyming couplets, jangle means fight.
I've also heard jangle to describe a kind of sound; it's onomatopoeic, innit?

When my mum talks about jangling, however, she's talking about chatting, often in a gossipy manner. For example, "I was having a jangle with Beryl..."
My mum jangles a lot, but she doesn't fight. Not very often, anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Is "jangle" one of the words coined by WS, I wonder?

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