These guys are chilling for real, pic: wayodd.com

With a good part of the world enjoying a long weekend here are some commonly used expressions for relaxing, not doing anything.  Doing nothing is very popular thing to do in the US – as probably in many other places – and there is a variety of words and expressions for it.

Hanging – or rather hanging out – is one of them.  Hanging out is used to describe a situation where one goes somewhere to do nothing much as in:

“What did you do over the weekend?”

“Hanging out at the beach”

“Hanging” alone is used is the same sense but without necessarily specifying a location:

“What did you do over the weekend?”

“Just hanging …” hanging is often done with friends in one’s own backyard/on one’s couch – or theirs

Then there is chilling as in chilling out which implies that one was all worked up before and sort of running hot and now one is chilling out, that is getting a bit more cool, calm and relaxed.  This expression, too, can be used alone:

“What did you do over the weekend?”

“Nothing much, just chilling”

There are other words describing relaxation but these are pretty commonly used.  These terms are not appropriate in a more formal setting.  So if your boss asked whether you ahd a pleasant weekend the answer: “sure, dude, I was chillin …” wouldn’t be a good choice for anybody  working a serious job (if you temp in a surf shop, it would be cool, though).

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