for what it's worth
- considering what limited worth that this advice, opinion, or suggestion might have for you; Used to soften the presentation of unsolicited advice or information that may not be relevant
- 1877, Julian Hawthorne, Garth, page 343:
- 1908, Armand Both, The Half-smart Set, Frederick A. Stokes Company, page 276:
- 1999, Bruce Northam, Brad Olsen, In Search of Adventure: A Wild Travel Anthology, ISBN 1888729031, page 21:
- 2005, Jennifer Rosen, Waiter, There’s A Horse In My Wine, ISBN 0976317001, page 253:
"For what it's worth" is useful to emphasize humility by prompting the reader to provide their judgment of worth against the statement being made; i.e., it may be useful information, it may not be, or perhaps differs in opinion from that of the recipients .