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I saw a Facebook promotion for a video with the words “sends a shiver up your spine”. I have only ever seen or used “a shiver down your spine”. Are both used?
 
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Yes, as well as "sends a shiver up AND down my spine"
 
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IIRC, shiver is related to shard and to shiv, a knife. Who wants shrapnel down the spine? Roll Eyes
 
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It must be a U.S. way of using it because I've heard sends a shiver up your spine too.
 
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In Eric Larson's biography of Churchill, The Splendid and The Vile, a Londoner, referring to Churchill during the London Blitz, said, "Winston's speeches send all sorts of thrills racing up and down my veins..."

Now, for some idiotic reason, I wonder if taxidermy makes your skin crawl. Roll Eyes Confused
 
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Interesting, Geoff. I'd surely say "racing up my veins..."
 
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