The expression "make my skin crawl" can be confusing because a person's skin cannot crawl. The expression has nothing to do with crawling. If something makes your skin crawl, it means it makes you feel shocked, disgusted, or fearful. Some people are so fearful of spiders that they make their skin crawl. I am disgusted by the taste and sight of chicken feet. They make my skin crawl. I accidently ate a small piece from a Thai salad at a friend's home. I had to rush to the toilet to spit it out because it made me feel like vomiting. Some are shocked by people eating cat meat. It makes their skin crawl.
Many people hate the sound of fingernails scratching on a chalkboard. It makes their skin crawl. The expression "make my flesh crawl" has the same meaning. Yet another similar expression is "make my skin creep". The word "creep" also has several meanings. It can mean moving very slowly, quietly, and carefully to avoid being noticed. As a noun, it means an unpleasant person, particularly a man who stares at pretty women. It can also mean a person who kowtows to influential people in the hope of advancement. Some people shoeshine their bosses in the hope of being promoted. They are called creeps.
最近一位朋友碰到一個英文習語，令他頗為困惑，便問我那個習語是甚麼意思。他聽到的習語是“make my skin crawl”。我可以理解為何這個習語會令到不是操流利英語的人感到困惑，因為它含有“crawl”一字。
習語“make my skin crawl”可以令人很費解，因為人的皮膚不會移動（crawl）啊！這個習語其實跟蠕動、爬行（crawling）毫無關係。若某物makes your skin crawl，意即它令你感到震驚、噁心或毛骨悚然。有些人害怕蜘蛛，蜘蛛會令他們起雞皮疙瘩（make their skin crawl）。我厭惡雞腳、鳳爪的味道，連看到也會感到噁心，令我毛管直豎（make my skin crawl）。
有一次我在朋友家中，吃着泰式沙律時不小心吃了一小塊雞腳，我立時衝進廁所吐出來，因它令我反胃欲嘔。一些人非常驚訝有人會吃貓肉，這也令他們感到噁心（make their skin crawl）。
許多人討厭指甲刮黑板的刺耳之聲，這也令他們雞皮疙瘩、毛骨悚然（make their skin crawl）。習語“make my flesh crawl”的意思亦一樣。然而還有另一個相近的習語，是“make my skin creep”。
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧