Posted by Smokey Stover on November 27, 2006
In Reply to: Ring Of Truth posted by Sathyaish Chakravarthy on November 27, 2006
: Ring Of Truth
: I know what the expression means. I am interested in knowing how it came to be. What does the word 'ring' in any of its various meanings have to do with 'the truth'?
One of the meanings of ring is the sound. At one time, merchants and other people using coins were very happy if a coin, when dropped on, say, a counter, had the proper metallic ring, of ringing sound, indicating that the metal was the right kind, not a base metal. If something has the ring of truth, then it sounds as though it were true. Not much of a guarantee, but there it is.