Meaning of Idiom
So What?: why does it matter?; of what importance is it?; why should I (you, someone) care? 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.
This idiom of indifference is often impolite.
Examples of Use
“So what if you had a bad day? You get to go on vacation tomorrow.”
“So what if I don’t get into college? I don’t need college to be a musician.”
“Mary is angry with me about missing her recital,” said Tom. “So what?” said Richard. “She’ll get over it.”
Used since the first half of the 20th century. 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
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