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A bell in every tooth

Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 03, 2007

In Reply to: A bell in every tooth posted by Diane on October 02, 2007

: Hello
: My mother used to describe people with loud voices as having "A bell in every tooth."
: My family are Welsh and I was wondering if you can tell me the origin please?
: Many thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
: Kind regards
: Di

Just a guess:
Adults have 32 permanent teeth.
If each tooth contained a bell then the sound of 32 bells ringing would be quite loud; hence the phrase "a bell in every tooth" meaning someone is a loud talker.