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Hello everybody,
a guy laughed at me once because I said "Sorry, I was chatting with my friend on the phone": he replied: "is that a phone with a keyboard?"
My question is: isn't "to chat" used also as a synonym to "talk to" someone but in an easy way (I mean about something not so serious)? Do I have to use it only when I mean "chatting with someone through a computer"?

Thanks in advance Emotion: smile
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Yes, it still means to talk aloud face-to-face; actually, the keyboard type of chatting is just a derivative of the vocal form. The guy was making a pleasant joke.
Perfect, I'm another "victim" of pleasant jokes Emotion: big smile

Thank you very much Mister Micawber Emotion: smile
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I don't think so! I've heard a lot of people using the term chat in daily speaking! The same has been stated in dictionary (Chat; friendly talking)

Best,

jaleh
It's used quite a bit where I am.

"Just called to chat." (No real reason for my call except to be friendly.)

Even at work - "Let's chat about that on Monday - I have an idea that I want to share."

I think, my dear Francesca, that perhaps you have a reputation as an avid TCP chatter with your friend!
Thank you Jaleh and GG Emotion: smile

Oh Barb, it's happened while I was chatting on TCP...that guy who laughed at me was chatting with me there..so I guess he knows how much I am an avid chatter Emotion: stick out tongue

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FrancescaHello everybody,a guy laughed at me once because I said "Sorry, I was chatting with my friend on the phone": he replied: "is that a phone with a keyboard?"My question is: isn't "to chat" used also as a synonym to "talk to" someone but in an easy way (I mean about something not so serious)? Do I have to use it only when I mean "chatting with someone through a computer"?Thanks in advance

dimana bascemp chibi
Hi,

chat - talk in a friendly, relaxed way.

That guy didn't have a good understanding of the word. You do.
Or maybe he was just making a joke?

Clive
Anonymous isn't "to chat" used also as a synonym to "talk to" someone but in an easy way (I mean about something not so serious)? Do I have to use it only when I mean "chatting with someone through a computer"?
What you said was fine. People were chatting on the phone (and in person) before the first computer was invented, and they were chatting (and calling it that) before the first phone was invented.

"The guy" may have been making small talk, or trying to make a joke.
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