Death Rattle
November 23, 2007 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Can you say that again? you gurgled it the first time......Or it's simply the language of the zombies via, often full of groans. Since death rattle is a fairly difficult language to understand by word, it is common to understand through body language, and volume. For example, a loud angry "Rahhr!" will usually mean "I'm going to kill you." A soft "Bhrr." with hands in front will usually mean "Please, don't hurt me, I didn't know she was your girlfriend."
But more commonly, over-used to describe movies or fading trends and Russian Death metal...Hear the Rattle!
...otherwise possibly boring FPP's on terminology.
posted by greenskpr (12 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:25 AM on November 23, 2007

gurgle, slurp, slurp, belch.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:44 AM on November 23, 2007

We sleep apnea people go thru this every night. Thank goodness for the C-pap machines.
posted by doctorschlock at 10:57 AM on November 23, 2007

There's only one word in zombie-ese: "Brains!"
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 11:22 AM on November 23, 2007

Hey doctorshlock, my Dad has had success with sleeping in a tee-shirt that has tennis ball sewed into the keeps you from rolling onto your back thus helping the position of your throat, tongue, etc...rahhr. seriously.
posted by greenskpr at 11:27 AM on November 23, 2007

I'd really love to hear what Astro Zombie 3 has to say about all of this...
posted by horsemuth at 12:14 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]

Narf narf.
posted by Astro Zombie 3 at 1:38 PM on November 23, 2007

In Urban Dead, at least, Death Rattle is the skill that lets zombies speak with the letters ABGHMNRZ. This produces catchphrases like:

and the ever-popular
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:58 PM on November 23, 2007 [3 favorites]

Isn't it funny that the mucus/suction thing happens at the moment of birth, too? Ah, bookends.
posted by DenOfSizer at 2:10 PM on November 23, 2007

What is it that Dana Gould says? We all enter this world in the same way: naked; screaming; soaked in blood. But if you live your life right, that kind of thing doesn't have to stop there.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:14 PM on November 23, 2007 [2 favorites]

Why is it that whenever I hear the term "death rattle" I think of a tiny toddler grim reaper, sitting in a bone play-pen, playing with a little skull toy? I imagine he has a stuffed white horsey and a little wooden scythe as well.

It's kind of a sweet image, actually.
posted by quin at 4:08 PM on November 23, 2007 [2 favorites]

So long Dad, rest now
Sunday I'll visit you and talk
Wish I had, too late
posted by Mblue at 7:02 PM on November 23, 2007

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