Blog entry Does "meditate" mean "chill?

09 May 2012

Recently a Freericer emailed us, explaining that they felt that both "reflect" and "chill" were correct answers to this question:

meditate means:
(See the live question live here)

Meditation can be said to aid reflection and relaxation, and the slang meaning of "chill" is "relax". While the English lexicon does not recognize this slang meaning, and for this reason we have kept this question as is, the Freerice player introduced an interesting argument on the shift in language usage over time.

Language is exciting because it is organic and often adapts to historical, social and technological changes. For example the phrase, "a hood of a car", would have been incomprehensible in the 15th century.

What are your thoughts on the shifts in language usage today? And what are other examples of words with very different meanings today?

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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 06:13 PeaceMgirl

When Shakespeare wrote, he thought that the English language didn't have enough words in it. So whenever he thought a word didn't suit the subject or something, Shakespeare made up his own word. ( Probably why it's so hard to comprehend his writing!!!) :)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 01:58 angrybirdsspaceexpert

Honestly, I forget who's Edward and who's Jacob, because the last time I saw a Twilight movie was a few months ago.

Sun, 06/17/2012 - 05:27 angrybirdsspaceexpert

@girl on fire i am an angry birds space expert and about the 1st chapter :D

Sun, 06/17/2012 - 05:26 angrybirdsspaceexpert

@girl on fire i'm saying it's dumb arguing over hunger games and not that it's stupid

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 19:05 Magnzone


Tue, 06/12/2012 - 03:41 girl on fire

Princess8802: thx.just my opinion.

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 06:05 princess8802

nice words

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:56 girl on fire

@lerve (wat is that yr name?) hv u even read the books? Or did u just look it up on IMDB or some site like thriving family where they bash every thing abt THG? And um it dosen't promote nudity.

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:52 girl on fire

@ angrybirdspaceexpert r u saying THG is stupid or arguing abt it is? And I like twilight 2 even tho I just read the first chapter in my cousins room before my mom found me.;) I'm team Jacob.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:16 Zinthea

How the conversation even got into literature, I haven't the slightest idea. However, one has no right to criticize a book simply because they do not like it and such the like. Books are there to be read by people who wish to do so. So, please, don't waste your time trying to ruin it. Thank you~ Oh, and please keep the conversation on to what it should be about.

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 02:28 angrybirdsspaceexpert

Who likes Twilight?? I DO!!!!!!!! TEAM EDWARD ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:55 angrybirdsspaceexpert

you waste time arguing about Hunger Games, people.(Get it,peo sounds like PEE!)

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:53 angrybirdsspaceexpert

WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE DISAGREE ABOUT HUNGER GAMES????????? IT'S STUPID AND IGNORANT(No offense people.)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:33 angrybirdsspaceexpert

I agree with NerdyHumanist. (I admit i'm a nerdy humanist too, even though i'm only in 4th grade and LOVE video games!)

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:29 angrybirdsspaceexpert

Why would this happen? If they are very much alike, why should one answer be wrong when it's actually right?

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 02:29 NerdyHumanist

The word "retarded" used to be a polite way of saying "stupid" but now it's considered a more serious and insulting version of the word. The change in language over time is pretty interesting, I thing people should make a language that would be an international standard, and then people wouldn't have problems with translation anymore.

Thu, 05/31/2012 - 08:39 Learve

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a stupid book that promotes wonton nudity.

meditate does not necessarily mean chill, though the problem with the Freerice English vocabulary quiz is that it has numerous words of which the correct answer is vaguely synonymous or just barely shares the same meaning.

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 06:30 Samuel Mcleod

I disagree that meditation and chilling or even reflecting are synonymous. Some New Age teachers might tell you this, but most meditation techniques that come from the Asiatic religions (Hinduism, Daoism, Buddhism, Zen) stress clearing the mind of all random thoughts and concentrating inward. Reflecting is doing the opposite; it is analyzing all these outward problems and trying to find a solution or make sense of them. Chilling can be used in many different ways, but none of them equal meditation. Consider these sentences: "I'm at home chilling." "I'm chilling with this girl tonight." "Q: Are you ok? A: Yeah, I'm chilling." All of these are different ways 'chilling' is used and none of them are referring to purifying extraneous thoughts and deeply looking inward. The main difference is that chilling and reflecting are conditions primarily concerned with one's ego, while meditating is looking past it and into the depths of our true self.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 00:56 Sage

[Notes: my vocabulary is largely context-gained]

In most uses of "meditate" outside of the "spiritual" act, it would be "reflect". In terms of the "spiritual" act meditation, with every instruct/or/ion I've come across [and being raised by a certified reiki practitioner], "clearing your mind" is the goal, as opposed to "meditating upon a solution". That is to say, the goal is to chill, which often involves not spinning problems around in your mind. :>

Dictionaries are created by their usage in society; we don't have a "list of words and here is how they work" that we establish in each dictionary, wherein we grudgingly add words should they become popular. From the beginning, our dictionaries were meant to reflect the trends in words that people used. [Source: my somewhat sleepy mind recalling a chapter in Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa.]

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 00:31 girl on fire

YES I HV SEEN THG AND IT IS SOOO GOOD.TOTALLY OBSESED W/ IT ( i hv 36 pics of it on my ipad) r u team GALE or team peeta? im team gatniss (katniss and gale) and Finnie(finnick and annie) and Climmer (cato and glimmer) and Buttercup (ha ha)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 01:24 ginny14HP

That is a good point. You can reflect quietly or just relax and be meditating either way. Speaking of wich, who has seen the Hunger Games!!?! it ROCKS!!!!

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:18 Sachiroxs

I kind of like the shifts in today's language, because for all of the lazy people out there, and pretty much anybody else who feels this way. we might not always want to say whole words, so instead we say acronyms.

Sat, 05/12/2012 - 00:27 purplefuzz3915

I agree with you Ms. Halnier.

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 07:47 Hannah Percell

I've found a question like that on here. It's something like this:
Chum means:
(something else)
(something else)
Shark food

I think both 'Friend' and 'Shark food' are correct. (Chum can also mean cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish.)
If I find a link to the question, I'll post it.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:49 dhiggins

I kind of like the shifts in today's language, because for all of the lazy people out there, and pretty much anybody else who feels this way. we might not always want to say whole words, so instead we say acronyms.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 05:14 green_g

Years ago homographs would be unacceptable.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 02:31 LWolverton

Meditate - There are many types of mediation. Reflect seems to most closely reflect my experience with meditation even if one is to clear their mine of all thoughts.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 18:47 Ms. Halnier

Webster says this is meditation and if thinking deeply is "Chilling" to you then yep it does mean meditate. But it's a good discusion. Think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.

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