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Ring Of Truth

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'?
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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.