I hear it often, and can usually derive a sentence's meaning with or without it. What does it really mean? When would one use it?
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It means 'whether or not this is of any use/value'.
means, for example, that it may not make any difference to the physical state of the window, but that hopefully the apology helps placate you.
It's almost a kind of self-deprecation; it's saying 'No words of mine will be adequate, but...'
As reported from the NOAD, for what it is worth is used to present a comment, suggestion, or opinion without making a claim as to its importance or validity.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Apr 30 '12 at 13:11
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