What Does “FWIW” Mean, and How Do You Use It?

FWIW stands for “For What It’s Worth.” It’s a shorthand way of saying that you’re providing information that may or may not be useful or relevant to the situation.

You can use FWIW in a variety of situations. For example, if you’re sending an email or text message to a colleague with some information that you’re not sure is relevant, you might say something like “FWIW, I heard that the meeting has been rescheduled.” This lets the person know that you’re passing along the information, but you’re not necessarily vouching for its accuracy or importance.

FWIW can also be used to preface a statement that you think might be controversial or unpopular. For example, if you’re in a meeting and you want to express an opinion that you know some people may not agree with, you might say something like “FWIW, I think we should consider outsourcing this project.”

In general, FWIW is a way to provide information or express an opinion without making a strong claim or commitment to its accuracy or relevance.