Goosepimples (1996); Keeping it real

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 20 01:30:12 UTC 2005

We've got a fast-food place down here that specializes in beer and sausages.  Yep, it's called "Frank 'n Stein."


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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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" 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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