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I'm reading an Australian novel. There are an expression "Still." but I don't know the exact meaning.

like

She nodded and smiled. "Still. What can I do?"

or

"Still. It's a real shame."

What is the meaning of "Still." in conversations? Is it slang?

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    I don't think this is specifically Australian usage. The meaning of still here is "regardless" or "despite that"; the speaker is saying "Despite what has just been said, what can I do?" or "Regardless of that, it is a real shame." (I realize that this is difficult because *still has so many different meanings.) – stangdon Nov 9 '16 at 12:57
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    I see it in other regional variations of English. I consider it to be a verbal shrug. "Yes, that may be true, but what of it/what can I do/what do you expect?" – John Feltz Nov 9 '16 at 15:39
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In your examples

still

has the meaning

given the (current) situation
eventhough

Still. What can I do?
given the current situation, what can I do?

Still. It's a real shame.
given the situation, it's a real shame.

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