[Ads-l] Slang: chillax

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 22 17:25:28 EDT 2017

A correspondent told me about a possible early instance of the term "chillax".

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I stumbled across something interesting last night while watching an
Elvis Presley movie called "Live a Little, Love a Little" from 1968.
At 49:41 minutes into the movie, Elvis (playing a photographer) says
the following to a model "Chillax about ten minutes."
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The correspondent and her friend both believe that Elvis was saying
"chillax". I have not watched the movie scene, so I cannot offer

Partridge has a 1993 citation, but there is a suspiciously long gap
between 1968 and 1993.

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)
Edited by Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor

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chillax verb
to calm down and relax US
-- Judi Sanders, Faced and Faded, Hanging to Hurl, p. 8, 1993
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Green's Dictionary of Slang has the following entry (free version).

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chillax v.
[chill (out) v. (2) + SE relax]
[2000s] (orig. US campus) to wind down and relax.
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The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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