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I'm the delight of old and young,
although I speak without a tongue.

I'll crash and roar, and even rattle;
I'll join in all the din of battle.

Yet I hate a silent breath,
and a whisper is my death.

Who am I?

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As an idea, you could be

Music

I'm the delight of old and young,

Music is enjoyed by the old and young

although I speak without a tongue.

Music does not have to be sung. It can be played on instruments.

I'll crash and roar, and even rattle;

Music can be loud. Some percussion instruments can rattle. (And crash could be cymbals)

I'll join in all the din of battle.

Songs can be sung before battle to rouse the troops. (And during battle — battle chant, maybe)

Yet I hate a silent breath,

Music is of sound.

and a whisper is my death.

When you are whispering, you have no musical pitch. Therefore you could argue that when you stop singing, and start to whisper, the music stops.

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  • $\begingroup$ One must not forget for "Yet I hate a silent breath", that silences are as important as notes so it might not work because of that :( $\endgroup$ – RiddlerNewComer Mar 23 '16 at 8:05
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah - I thought that too. But perhaps someone could improve on my idea. $\endgroup$ – Shuri2060 Mar 23 '16 at 10:13
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You're:

An explosion!

I'm the delight of old and young,

Everybody loves watching fireworks and gun fights.

although I speak without a tongue.

No tongue but a loud bang!

I'll crash and roar, and even rattle;

Rockets roar into the air and then can crash into the ground and explode, and machine guns rattle.

I'll join in all the din of battle.

There are explosions in battle from guns, cannons, bombs and missiles.

Yet I hate a silent breath,

When a fuse wire goes silent just before exploding a firework or bomb or when firing a cannon. It's that tense moment just before an explosion...

and a whisper is my death.

.. or no bang at all but a whispered "Shhisstpth". Which mean it's a dud firework or bomb. And there's no bang, the explosion is killed.

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  • $\begingroup$ A dude firework... for dudes.... $\endgroup$ – Will Mar 23 '16 at 0:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Will Choo dude... $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Mar 23 '16 at 0:26
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I guess that you are

A car

I'm the delight of old and young

people of all ages can be auto enthusiasts

although I speak without a tongue

cars can have voiced navigation systems

I'll crash and roar, and even rattle;

cars crash, their engines roar, things will rattle

I'll join in all the din of battle.

Humvee

Yet I hate a silent breath,

silent cars are off.

and a whisper is my death.

car dies when it can't run and often makes that airy, coughing sound

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I would go with

an onomatopoeia (but I don't know which one)

I'm the delight of old and young, although I speak without a tongue.

An onomatopoeia is used by anyone, old or young, but does not represent any formal language

I'll crash and roar, and even rattle; I'll join in all the din of battle.

These could be hint for the actual onomatopoeia to identify : it starts with a 'C', then a kind of 'R', then maybe a 'D' ?

Yet I hate a silent breath, and a whisper is my death.

Like above, it ends with a whispered sound, like a 'F' or a 'S'

I need your help to find out what is the actual answer ;)

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