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Where I live in Canada, when you're cold and get bumpy skin we usually say goosebumps, but I've also read in books the terms goose pimples and goose flesh. Are any of these more common in the US? Particularly the east coast. The setting is fictional (picture book) but it's a play on a real city name on the northeast coast.

I know the terms can also be used when your skin prickles when you're scared, so are any of these also used for one but not the other? I'm looking for when you get cold.

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#1 - May 25, 2012, 09:01 PM
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I saw goosebumps. I have heard people say goose pimples, but it sounds sort of old-fashioned to me.

I was born in NJ (and have lived all over since), but most of my speech peculiarities come by way of my Idaho mother. I'm not sure where the goosebumps come from.
#2 - May 25, 2012, 09:29 PM

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Everyone I know says, "goosebumps" when they're talking about being cold and/or scared.
#3 - May 25, 2012, 10:49 PM
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thanks, guys! I'll think I'm good to stick with goosebumps then! I've been fooled before thinking things that were common sayings here must be there, too! Who knew toques and poutine aren't universal, eh?  :eh2 (they should be!!)
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Goosebumps here (middle of the east coast).  I think I've only heard goose pimples rarely (on TV maybe?) and goose flesh in books set in the UK?
#5 - May 26, 2012, 05:23 AM

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We call them goosebumps or chicken skin.
#6 - May 26, 2012, 06:20 AM

Everyone I know says goosebumps. I've never heard chicken skin in the US, but that's what it's called in French (chair de poule).
#7 - May 26, 2012, 07:06 AM

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I've READ "goose pimples" but never actually HEARD anything besides "goosebumps". I grew up in eastern NY and now live in western NY.
#8 - May 26, 2012, 07:17 AM

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I've READ "goose pimples" but never actually HEARD anything besides "goosebumps".

This.  And also, I HATE "goosepimples" because it sounds gross to me. lol
#9 - May 26, 2012, 09:03 AM
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hehe yes, it does sound gross. flesh is also a bit ooky sounding.

it's weird, because I have read both those terms in books, but have never heard anyone say them...which is why I wondering if maybe it was a term used regionally?
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In the South, we say either goosebumps or chill bumps.
#11 - May 26, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Goosebumps here, too, by way of the Northeast, California, and Pacific Northwest. R.L. Stine probably helped make it pretty universal.
#12 - May 26, 2012, 09:37 AM

I am Midwestern and say goosebumps (I thought it was one word like the books but maybe I'm wrong . . . )

My husband is Jamaican and says gooseflesh.
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Interesting that it's gooseflesh in Jamaica!

I think it is goosebumps all one word, at least no red squiggly line appears when I type it that way!
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I remember hearing goose pimples when I was a kid. It seems like the sort of thing my mom would say. Goosebumps is all I say now, and all I remember hearing for a long time. Goose flesh sounds like something I've only read. It also sounds like food. "Ebenezer! Come eat your goose flesh before I give it to Tiny Tim!"
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I read a book from the 1960s where a character said he was so nervous, he had "goose pimples on my duck bumps."   :hahaha 

Yeah, goosebumps is most common now. R.L. Stine used that as the title of his horror series, too.   
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I read a book from the 1960s where a character said he was so nervous, he had "goose pimples on my duck bumps."   :hahaha 

lol, that sounds a little rude! ;)


yeah, I'm familiar with Stine's series, which is why I was wondering if that term seemed to be associated more with scaredy bumps now.
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I vote for goosebumps too. Though I have heard just plain "chills".
I'm in southern WI, if the northern midwest hasn't weighed in yet!
#18 - May 26, 2012, 01:09 PM

Growing up in Texas, it was always goosebumps. Now in Florida, I have heard both goosebumps and goose pimples, but I'm with LaHa. Goose pimples sounds gross.
#19 - May 26, 2012, 01:15 PM

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Indiana chimes in with --- goosebumps

lived in Tennessee for twenty years and often heard chill bumps, but if you were afraid of something, it wouldn't be chill bumps!  Living in a metropolitan area where many non-native southerns began to move in, goosebumps became the more common word. 

Then there is the more descriptive, "that makes the hairs on my arm stand up!"
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Everyone I know says goosebumps. I've never heard chicken skin in the US, but that's what it's called in French (chair de poule).
Actually, in Hawaii, :palmtree people joking around might say, "Chicken skin" -- as in, "I really got chicken skin!" (Hey, I really had goosebumps"!)   :chickendance

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Dude - goosebumps. Everything else gives me the willies!
#22 - May 26, 2012, 03:02 PM
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My mom said goose pimples, but I thought it was gross then and still do. I've never actually heard anyone SAY goose flesh. Goosebumps it is.
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Then there is the more descriptive, "that makes the hairs on my arm stand up!"

thanks Liz, lol, but it's a humorous picture book with fowl in it, who don't have arms or hair  :ha, so I wanted to have the bird reference with goose to make a play on!  :chickendance

thanks for the info everyone!!
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Dude - goosebumps. Everything else gives me the willies!

yeah, but if I was going for willy giving, then they'd be perfect!!  :yup
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It's called chicken skin in Spanish (piel de gallina) and goose skin in German (gänsehaut). Now I'm wondering what it's called in countries where there are no chickens or geese.

And did you know that it's the same physical response that makes a porcupine's quills rise? That's his version of goosebumps.
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Maybe in Eskimo goosebumps translates to 'penquin pili'.
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Maybe in Eskimo goosebumps translates to 'penquin pili'.

Ha ha! Yes! I am going to have to find out...
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Presuming, of course, that Eskimos even know what penguins are. (Hint: there are no penguins in the arctic!) ;)

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This is true....all those years of watching "The Pebble and the Penguin"  with my daughters...I didn't retain a fact!  Now I am going to get distracted researching penguins! arrgghhhh!
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