More about horripilation
When delving into the history of horripilation, things become hairy rather quickly. The horri- part comes from a Latin verb meaning “to bristle,” and this verb is also the source of words such as horrendous, horrify, and horror. Unlike terror, which literally has to do with being frightened, the root of horror is all about hair standing on its end! In addition, the -pil- part of horripilation is a Latin stem meaning “hair.” Horripilation was first recorded in English in the 1650s.
EXAMPLE OF HORRIPILATION USED IN A SENTENCE
As the truck set off on the haunted hayride route, the riders experienced some horripilation in anticipation of the scares ahead.
FUN FACT ABOUT HORRIPILATION
The nervous system response that causes goosebumps is the same response that makes a cat puff up its tail or a porcupine puff out its quills when they are scared. Learn more fun facts at the Museum of Science.