As if

Posted by Word Camel on April 28, 2002

In Reply to: As if posted by Armorel on April 28, 2002

: The exact meaning of "As if" (as a phrase in it's own right, not with anything following it) rather baffles me. Can anyone give me an explanation and examples of how it's used?

I am not sure what the whole of the original phrase was but it means something is literally unimaginable. So one person might say "You forgot my birthday" and the other replies "As if!" short for "As if I'd forget your birthday!"

There are probably people here who can explain it better than I can, but that's my understanding of meaning.