Learn English – What does the phrase “You don’t say” represent


In an English movie, Marianne and Bob were talking to each other:

Marianne: "Joy went to Jordan last week to search for religious sites."

Bob: "You don't say?"

My question is: What does Bob's reply mean here?
Was he angry to hear this about Joe or was he surprised to know that Joe went to Jordan?

Best Answer

"You don't say?"


  1. used to express amazement or disbelief.


Bob could have easily have simply said, "really?"