June 1, 2006

goose bumps

Posted in Idioms at 9:55 am by Feng

goose bumps — momentary roughness of the skin from cold, fear, or a sudden feeling of excitement [dict]

On 'Friends', Chandler was going to propose to Monica. He asked Phoebe to help him pick out a ring in a jewelry store. Interested in a nice princess-cut diamond ring, Chandler asked the jeweler to hold the ring and pretend to propose to him. Feeling the excitement from this rehearsal as if Monica would feel the same, Chandler decided to buy this ring. He asked Phoebe to stay and guard the ring, meanwhile he went back home to get the forgotten credit card. However, the playful Phoebe didn't fulfill her duty and the ring was bought by someone else. Guilty about this, Phoebe tried to persuade Chandler to pick a different ring, but Chandler didn't buy. "When he proposed to me with the ring," he explained, "I got goose bumps." "Maybe it was the guy," Phoebe quickly interpretted. "No. It's the ring," Chandler said firmly.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] 学英文这么久了,也没有想起要要用英文来说句“鸡皮疙瘩”什么之类的。这不,今天又学了一招,这“鸡皮疙瘩”就叫作“goose bumps”。怎么样?好像还挺贴切的,也容易记住。 […]

  2. […] On Two and a Half Men, Alan accidentally burned down the house of his girlfriend Lindsay’s. He tried to comfort her: “It’s not that bad. At least people are safe. And we still have each other”. Lindsay turned face and said: “You make my skin crawl.” This is another expression of giving someone “goose bumps“. […]

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