Monday, November 16, 2009

Where did the term "goose bumps" comes from?

Do geese have bumps on their skin? It sounds like a wierd question..but really..think about it...

Where did the term "goose bumps" comes from?
Goose bumps (AE), also called goose pimples, goose flesh (BE), chill bumps, chicken skin, or the medical term cutis anserina, are the bumps on a person's skin at the base of body hairs which involuntarily develop when a person is cold or experiences strong emotions such as fear or awe. The reflex of producing goose bumps is known as horripilation, piloerection, or the pilomotor reflex. It occurs not only in humans but also in many other mammals; a prominent example are porcupines which raise their quills when threatened.

Goose bumps are created when tiny muscles at the base of each hair, known as arrectores pilorum, contract and pull the hair erect. The reflex is started by the sympathetic nervous system, which is in general responsible for many fight-or-flight responses.

Goose bumps are often a response to cold: in animals covered with fur or hair, the erect hairs trap air to create a layer of insulation. Goose bumps can also be a response to anger or fear: the erect hairs make the animal appear larger, in order to intimidate enemies.

I couldn't find where it orginiated from.
Reply:goose flesh

–noun a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.

Also, gooseflesh.

Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin.


[Origin: 1375–1425; late ME]
Reply:When you pluck the feathers from geese, the places on the skin where the large hair follicles were, stick up %26amp; are bumpy...hence the name "goose bumps."
Reply:Your skin takes on the appearance of a plucked goose. In French they say chicken skin ( peau de poulet)

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