if you must know
This page is about the conversational phrase if you must know
You can say this if you're telling someone something you don't really want them to know.
- "You're not really fifty, are you?"
"Well, if you must know, I've just turned sixty. But don't tell the others."
- "Why isn't Brad with you? Is something wrong?"
"Yes, as a matter of fact! We had a huge fight, if you must know!"
If you say "if you must know" gently, it sounds like you're sharing a secret (see example 1). If you say it forcefully, it sounds like you're annoyed about being questioned (see example 2).
I said, "Tell me what's wrong!" and Emma said, "If you must know,
Contributor: Matt Errey