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What does "I'd be a * if anything" mean exactly?



Let's see, I bought a Phenom 1 motherboard, and two Phenom II motherboards recently. Can't remember how many between 486 and the FXs I bought. I've probably owned more AMD motherboards than Intel, so personally, I'd be a fanboy of AMD if anything.


He didn't know me personally and just assumed things and I felt more like I'd be a slave than a team member if anything.

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Thanks everyone for your answers! – user8267 Jun 26 '11 at 6:53
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Perhaps if it were to be rephrased it would make more sense to you:

If you were to call me anything, you would call me X.

The first example sounds like a retort from somebody who had just been accused of being an "Intel fanboy" (or pick a motherboard or video card brand to substitute for Intel) because he (or she) had just pointed out some amazing feature of a new piece of kit.

The second sounds like someone who is a team member on paper, or at least in theory, whose input isn't welcome and whose contributions amounted to little more than carrying out menial tasks. It's another way of saying something like "team member indeed!"

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Alternatively, If I had to choose…. – Jon Purdy Jun 26 '11 at 5:29

This figure of speech is used in response to a statement the speaker disagrees with. It means that the speaker doesn't really think the statement applies, and even if it did, it would be incorrect. Example:

Q: Is it too dark in here?
A: No. If anything, it's too light!

It's somewhat similar to the phrase "on the contrary."

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This isn't the same if anything the examples use, though. – Jon Purdy Jun 26 '11 at 5:23

It means that your not absolutely one thing or another but if you had to categorize or choose an option the * is the nearest option you'd describe yourself. Perhaps the degree to which you affiliate. E.g. my favourite colour is an extremely dark grey, I'd say black if anything.

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If anything is used to suggest tentatively that something may be the case (often the opposite of something previously implied).

I haven't made much of this—if anything, I've played it down.

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