Temple not alone in having a toll to pay

your say October 06, 2018 01:00

Re: “Bid to find middle ground in temple bell-ringing drama”, News, October 6.



I’m not trying to be fastidious, but when you said “bell-ringing” or “ring the bell”, it gives an impression of the bell on a counter service or a house front door.

I think the verb should be “toll”. Tolling a bell gives a clear expression of a church bell or a temple bell, not the little bell you ring to call your butler. It would be awkward if Hemingway titled his 1940 novel “For Whom the Bell Rings”, wouldn’t it?

Somsak Pola

Samut Prakarn