Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you ever heard somebody say “that’s so random”?

Is this one of those phrases that seems confusing to you in English?

There’s a good chance that you have heard this phrase and others like it and felt unsure of its meaning.

We’re going to help you to understand what this means, and how to use it in conversation as well.



What Does This All Mean?

When you hear somebody say that something is “so random”, you might wonder what exactly that means.

Let’s look at the actual meaning to give you insight into this phrase and its use.

For starters, what does “random” mean? 

It tends to mean unorganized or done without any real thought.

You might say something like“the teacher put students into random groups.”

Random can also mean just strange, surprising, or unexpected too.

So this phrase “that’s so random” is usually said to exclaim when something is unique, surprising, shocking, out of the ordinary, or unexpected. 

For example, if I see a person on the subway in a Halloween costume in the middle of May, I might say “that’s so random” (or that was random).


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It’s Common and So Are Other Related Phrases

When you hear this phrase, it’s often used in a  lighthearted way in conversation. 

Using this phrase is a good way to connect with someone and support the speaker–it makes them feel like you are listening to them.

It can show that you are interested in what they are saying and not only are you interested, but you’re commenting on it as well and sharing your thoughts.

There are other phrases that mean the same thing and can be used in the same way.

  • That’s bizarre/how bizarre
  • That’s wild
  • That’s so strange/how strange
  • What are the chances?

These work just as well in conveying the same thought in everyday conversation.



When you use “that’s so random” in conversation it shows your interest and attentiveness to the speaker.

Not only are you listening, but you are contributing your opinion with these phrases at the same time.

Try it out in everyday conversations and see how it helps you to connect.

As with anything practice using it so that you get the hang of it and then use it effortlessly.


If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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