I went through 1st grade through 12th grade at a time when chalkboards were in all of the classrooms. Consequently, I understand firsthand the phrase “makes the hairs stand up on your arms like fingernails on a chalkboard”. It is a decidedly irritating noise.
However, the groaning screech this window in my house makes when opened and closed is irritating as H-E-Double Hockey Sticks. Admittedly, it’s not as grating to the ears and hard on the nerves as the fingernails-on-chalkboard sound, but it’s pretty darn irritating. (turn sound up)
Until next time,
writing through history one romance upon a time