Lampin’

Forget idling. The new word for taking it easy is “lampin’.”

It comes from J. B. Smoove’s character on the always-brilliant Curb Your Enthusiasm.

As part of a singular explanation of how “lampin'” made it onto the show (and in which he gives us the additional treasures of “cold lampin'” and “Lamptons” almost inadvertently), Smoove explains:

I told him the difference between chillin’ and lampin. If you’re chillin’, you could be standing up chillin’; if you’re lampin, you’re laying the fuck back.

So now you know.

Oddly enough, Curb is responsible for another pro-doing-nothing phrase: “I’m in my sweats!”

It’s yet to take off in the way of lampin’ but it’s almost as good. Larry blows into Jeff’s house, insisting that he help with a crisis, but Jeff is already in his pajamas. “I’M IN MY SWEATS!” he shouts, and will not be moved. It’s an immutable law. Once you’re you’re in your sweats, you’re done for the day.

Some days, I never even get out of my sweats to begin with.

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