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I was talking to my friend about something I find disgusting and she replied, "Noted."

I replied, "Noted what?" and she said, "All that."

I am a little confused about what she was trying to say? Is there more here than meets the eye? Does "noted" as a response convey a meaning beyond the simple word itself?

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    It's a slang for "Got it" or "I understood"...
    – Mamta D
    Apr 15 '15 at 4:48
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    "Noted" in conversation usually means something like: "I've made a mental note about your feelings on the subject."
    – Jim
    Apr 15 '15 at 4:48
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    At one of the magazines where I worked long ago, we occasionally received off-the-wall rants submitted as letters to the editor. Rather than responding point-by-point to an argument that (often) made little sense and entailed huge leaps in logic or assumption, or pretending that we agreed entirely with the letter writer, we often replied with the single word "Noted," signifying merely "We have received your communiqué." Not that the poster's friend in this case is pursuing a similar strategy...
    – Sven Yargs
    Apr 15 '15 at 5:05
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    This is really not a bad question. Please do not vote to close.
    – Robusto
    Apr 16 '15 at 12:49
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    Voting to reopen.
    – Robusto
    Apr 16 '15 at 12:57
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Actually this is not a bad question.

When you make a statement and the reply comes back "Noted," you can assume that you have been over-sharing, discussing topics the other person finds objectionable or uncomfortable, or violating some other social taboo.

It is a one-word way of saying, "I don't wish to discuss this and I wish you would stop talking about it."

Additional tidbit: The New Yorker magazine uses this in their end-of-article squibs in precisely this manner. They find some odd or borderline-offensive bit of published text and put after it the one-word comment: "Noted."

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Noted is slang for, "I have taken note." Its meaning in context would depend on the speaker's tone of voice.

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In my experience, when people have said, "Noted," or, more often, "So noted," it means that they have heard me, or pretended to have heard me, and that they have no intention of acting on my issue. It's an approach some people use to foreclose further discussion. It's dismissive. It means you're not going to get anywhere.

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