Goosepimples (1996); Keeping it real

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Apr 19 18:43:03 UTC 2005

"Goosepimples" is the word I learned and used in childhood, but I switched to "goosebumps" in later life to save a syllable.


"Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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OED has 1889 for goose pimples.

The Washington Post (1877-1954); Jan 28, 1883; ProQuest Historical
Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1988)
pg. 3 col 8
"If I tried to cover my shoulders, my feet got so cold that the nails
nearly dropped off and when I tried to save my toenails my shoulders
were covered with goose pimples as big as hazel nuts."

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