Discussion in 'English Only' started by xs., Jan 10, 2007.
I read this exclamation
what does it mean?
Basically the same as "Imagine that!" or "You don't say!"
An example that comes to mind:
PersonA has a tendency to rush into things. PersonA just bought a house after looking at only three for three weeks. PersonB says, "Go figure!" meaning "Well, it's in that person's character to do that. It may not be what I would do, but it's what they would do."
thank you both!!!
I understand it to mean the same as "No shit, Sherlock!"
That is to say that you are underlining the fact that someone has made a statement of the blindlingly obvious.
Yes as mgarizona says "Basically the same as "Imagine that!" or "You don't say!" Mild astonishment." Except that it carries heavy saracsm.
So the "Imagine that!" is sarcastic because it is so obvious that it would be unthinkable not to imagine that.
I know that I've heard 'go figure' used in all earnestness. An AE thing?
All of these expressions may be used sarcastically, but I don't believe any is inherently sarcastic.
Here's another thread on "go figure": http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=155941&highlight=go+figure
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