[Ads-l] Another oldie turns up in print, finally

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 18 01:32:37 UTC 2016

Back in early-'50's St. Louis, a common exclamation was:

_That chilled my shit_

"that gave me butterflies" "that made my blood run cold" "that startled the
shit out of me" "that took my breath away," ''that disturbed my
equilibrium," "that messed with my mind,"etc.

The expression now appears in print.

High Adventure in the Great Outdoors - Page 2
Henry Rollins - 1990 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
I think it would have been real cool if (a) the guy smiled and offered my
dad some chips (that would have _chilled his shit_ pretty good) or if (b)
the guy slapped my dad upside his head.

Shooter's Point: A Martha Chainey Mystery - Page 157
Gary Phillips - 2001 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
"Hell, he was a goodwill ambassador for them." "See, see," Muhammad said
over his food, "that's my goddamn point. I ain't." He swallowed. 'This
Black Jihad thing could just be a smokescreen to cover up the real forces
out to _chill my shit_.

Memoirs of a Bitch - Page 113-114
Cecelia Robinson - 2009 - ‎Full view
He would eat quick as hell and kiss me goodbye, saying that he had to get
to the club so that he could see Brandy. That alone _chilled my shit_.

The Fruits Of His Labor - Page 282
John B. Davis - 2013 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
We were cozy and lovey-dovey. I took her hand and scratched her palm with
my fingers. (That was the way we asked for sex without asking—it was cool!
[It was lame. Little children were doing that, back during WWII.]). But
Ruby was cooler. She said something that _chilled my shit_! She said,
“Don't be like a a dog and scratch for it; be like a man and ask for it!"

HoloBall: A Pittsburgh Murder Mystery - Page 78
Tom Rinkes - 2016 - Preview
In the space of twenty seconds he printed me a pic that just plain _chilled
my shit_. “ There he is. I guarantee he looks just that way, if he's still
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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