For Americans of a certain age, these words, even in our cynical time, yield a shiver of nostalgia, but also of purpose.
I remember being shocked that shiver sold in 38 countries, because I thought it was such a particularly “me” story.
You know, a novel comes not from a decision but a frisson, a sort of shiver that goes through you.
There was one other peculiar moment that gave rise to a shiver of unwanted Somali memories.
The upshot of which, was, to smash this witness like a crockery vessel, and shiver his part of the case to useless lumber.
"Shouldn't care to venture across there," said Loveday with a shiver.
"It's beastly chilly in here," observed Sir Arthur, with a shiver.
A thought that made him shiver as he stood there, on a hot pave, in the summer sun.
Was it the beauty of the earth and sky that made him shiver with so sudden and sweet a thrill?
He would shake and shiver and faint before the assembled eyes.
"shake," c.1400, alteration of chiveren (c.1200), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old English ceafl "jaw," on notion of chattering teeth. Spelling change of ch- to sh- is probably from influence of shake. Related: Shivered; shivering.
"to break in or into many small pieces," c.1200, from the source of shiver (n.). Chiefly in phrase shiver me timbers (1835), "a mock oath attributed in comic fiction to sailors" [OED]. My timbers! as a nautical oath (probably euphemistic) is attested from 1789 (see timber (n.)). Related: Shivered; shivering.
"small piece, splinter, fragment, chip," c.1200, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, related to Middle Low German schever schiver "splinter," Old High German scivero, from Proto-Germanic *skif- "split" (cf. Old High German skivaro "splinter," German Schiefer "splinter, slate"), from PIE *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Commonly in phrases to break to shivers "break into bits" (mid-15c.). Also, shiver is still dialectal for "a splinter" in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.
"a tremulous, quivering motion," 1727, from shiver (v.1). The shivers in reference to fever chills is from 1861.