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for what it's worth

This page is about the conversational phrase for what it's worth

Meaning

You can say this if you don't want to appear too arrogant when giving your opinion or sharing some information, or if you're not sure if what you're saying is useful or helpful.

For example

  • Even though he wasn't sure if they'd listen, Andy said, "For what it's worth, I think we need a new logo."

  • Jerry called and said, "For what it's worth, I just heard a rumour that the mayor's resigning soon."

Note:
You can also use the initialism FWIW in emails and tweets, as in "FWIW I think he's right".

Quick Quiz

You can say "For what it's worth" just before

a. giving some advice

b. giving permission

c. making a request

Contributor: Matt Errey