goose pimples (1871)

Thu Apr 14 13:35:09 UTC 2005

        Making of America has some earlier uses.  From E.E. Marcy, The Homoeopathic Theory and Practice of Medicine 225 (1850):

        <<_Calcarea carbonica_ is indicated in cases where the rash vanishes on going into the fresh air, and excited
by the application of cold water: face yellow, upper lip swollen, skin rough and covered with goose pimples, stunning lateral pains in the head, with nausea and vertigo at night, or in the morning, on waking, with faintness; anxiety, anguish, apprehension.>>

        Of course, that medical symptom doesn't seem like the goose pimples we know.  From the March 22, 1862 issue of Vanity Fair, a more modern example:

        <<OFTEN, ere now, goose pimples have risen on the skins of the brave. The flesh of men of iron has been known to creep.>>

John Baker

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Fancy Melnotte, with teeth chattering, and on a general ague ahake,
whispering to Pauline his eloquent description of the palace by the lake,
in the cold room, and asking "D-d-dost like the p-p-picture?" while the
latter, with goose pimples forming on her delicate cuticle, replies
"Y-y-es, dearest if you keep good fires."  "Cupid's Cuttings up on Church
Run," The Titusville Morning Herald, June 1, 1871, p 3

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