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What is the difference between “As if!” and other similar discourse markers?

According to Oxford Dictionary of English 3rd edition (2010:90), discourse marker “as if” means, in informal style, “I very much doubt it.” Oxford English Dictionary 3rd edition explains that “as if” ...
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How do you analyze a standalone hashtag like “#goals”?

For those not fluent in internet-ese, the semantics are something like "The subject under discussion has an aesthetic I want to emulate"; if I saw a picture of someone wearing an outfit I like, I ...
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Exclamation for pain

I always thought that the response to pain, which people usually express with 'ouch' or 'ow' is a natural response which is the same for all languages. Although spelled differently the same and ...
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In what sense is “ah/ach” an onomatopoeic utterance?

On page 235 of the first volume of Daniel Block's commentary on Ezekiel, Block says: Ezekiel is also ordered to utter the interjection Ah! (’āׅh). This form of the onomatopoeic paralinguistic ...
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How are words with no other context used as greetings or partings?

I happen to be aware that "goodbye" or "bye bye" derives from "May God be with you". However, most English speakers that I have asked seem to not know this. When asked "What does 'bye bye' mean?" they ...