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06:28 Dec 18, 2010
English to English translations [PRO] General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / term
English term or phrase:clacker thingies
The term comes from the sentence like this:" 'Dewey's after clacker thingies again!' Kim called out. I'd hurry out of my office to find Dewey hunched on the back of Kim's big white typewriter. His head would be jerking from side to side as the disk moved left to right, then back again, until finally he couldn't take it anymore and lunged at the 'clacker thingies,' which wrer the keys rising up to strike the paper."
Explanation: The clacker thingies are described here as the keys rising up to strike the paper. In an 'old-fashioned' typewriter, these are known as the type bars, which are thin strips of metal with a letter at the end. As the user presses the typewriter key down, this activates the corresponding type bar, which comes up and strikes the paper - very noisily! It is therefore not the keys themselves that make the loud noise, but rather the metal type bars inside the machine.