I noticed a lot of Asian people use the word "play" when they want to say "I'm hanging out".. Like this one friend said she was playing with her friends. And sent me a picture of them drinking and eating. So it was a bit confusing. Why do they tend to use "play" instead of "hang out" or spending time or a more related word?

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    Perhaps the contrast is play vs work. What did your friend say about her choice of words? – Lawrence Jun 11 '17 at 10:33
  • Are you asking why "a lot of Asian people" use play in such contexts? Why do you think someone would be able to answer that, if it were true? Define "more related word". Unclear question, showing no research. – Drew Jun 11 '17 at 18:05
  • I dunno. Somewhere they got the idea that they can use play with that meaning. Maybe from Oxford dictionary? "Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose". True, native speakers that I know don't use play in that context, but the definition seems to license it. – AmE speaker Jun 11 '17 at 23:43
  • Can you be more specific than Asian? The "default" Asian in South Asian in Britain but East Asian in the U.S., and in theory the term could include Israelis, Maldivians, Uzbeks, and Ainu, who are unlikely to share patterns of English usage. – choster Jun 14 '17 at 17:57

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