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illit

verb; blending and clipping
chill out; calm down
 
This term is typically used among adolescents in informal conversation to tell someone that they are overexcited or too emotional and need to relax. It is a derivation from the commonly used expression 'chill out', which is also from colloquial American English and means 'calm down'. This term most likely formed because chill is very often followed by out, and the two words eventually merged into one word. The other changes were the clipping of the postalveolar /ch/ sound and the assimilation of the /ow/ phoneme to become /I/ in order to improve the ease of use of this term.
Etymology : blending and clipping of (ch)ill [Old English ciele 'cold'] and out; through assimilation, the /ow/ in out became /I/ as in it; This term was probably derived through a chain process: 'chill out' > 'chillout' > 'chillit' > 'illit'
Source : "We have to present to the freaking mayor's office." "Illit. You'll be fine." (conversation with suitemate, 11/19/08)
Last modified: 29 November 2008


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