How to Use "For What It's Worth"?

If you were chatting with a native English speaker, a teenager perhaps, you would usually find acronyms like BTW (by the way), AFIK (as far as I know), AFK (away from keyboard) but FWIW? If you are seeing this acronym (FWIW) for the first time, it means 'for what it's worth'.

For what it's worth is an expression used to show that you know someone may not care, but you are going to say something anyway. For example: 

  • Nevertheless, I'd like to give my opinion, for what it's worth.
  • You can take it for what it's worth and discard it.
  • Maybe none of this is applicable - but - anyway- take it for what it's worth.
  • For what it's worth, I hope you know that I'm not your enemy.
  • I'll give you my advice for what it's worth - you want a real change.

If you want to give someone information and you are not sure if it is useful, important or valuable, you can conveniently say 'for what it's worth' as a preface to a comment or statement, as shown below:

  • For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.
  • I suspect that the average Cro-Magnon, properly trained, could have handled computers with the best of us (for what it's worth, they had slightly larger brains than we do).
  • And for what it's worth, blues musicians have long favored the keys of A and E, not B flat.
  • For what it's worth, there is officially no tipping in China.
  • Anyhow, for what it's worth, she barely passed the course with a D.
  • For what it's worth I'm a better person for loving you.
  • For what it's worth, I think you can't trust that woman.
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