What exactly is the difference between FWIW and IMHO?

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  • In my humble opinion (IMHO) underlines that the following is your personal opinion (as opposed, for example, to facts or to your company’s official position on an issue).
  • For what it's worth (FWIW) is a disclaimer that your contribution to the debate might be considered marginal, i.e. that it may not address the heart of the problem, but you still find it has some applicability.

In short: no, they are not equivalent.

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    They do not mean the same thing. That is what the no that F'x added to his answer means. Study the definitions above to see how they differ.
    – mgkrebbs
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 19:53
  • @mgkrebbs: yes, I should have been clearer
    – F'x
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 20:13
  • No, not the same. IMHO means "I think," and FWIW means "I have no idea but..."
    – The Raven
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 22:53
  • @The Raven: Actually, that is not correct either. F'x's definition is accurate.
    – MrHen
    Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 21:21


Note that IMHO tends slightly to END a sentence, whereas FWIW tends slightly to BEGIN a sentence.

For example, that sentence could have "FWIW:" at the beginning of it.

On the other hand, that sentence could have IMO at the end of it.

Just FYI.

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