Goosepimples (1996); Keeping it real

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 19 18:56:39 UTC 2005

At 11:43 AM -0700 4/19/05, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>"Goosepimples" is the word I learned and used in childhood, but I
>switched to "goosebumps" in later life to save a syllable.

Besides the economy issue, I'm sure that R. L. ["no relation to Frank
N.] Stein's immensely popular Goosebumps series of kids' mystery
stories will promote the bisyllabic version for future generations.


>"Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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>Subject: Re: Goosepimples (1996); Keeping it real
>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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