What Does IMHO Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

The term IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) accompanies a message to make the author seem less forthright and authoritative.

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IMHO carries a connotation of "I'm not stating this as a fact. It is just my opinion." This term is often used by passive aggressives (i.e., people who can mask their controlling or attacking nature using non-emotive and non-confrontational language).

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Summary of Key Points

"In My Humble Opinion" is, by far, the most common meaning for IMHO when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:In My Humble Opinion
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of IMHO in Sentences

Here are some examples of IMHO in sentences:
  • IMHO the plan is unlikely to succeed.
  • She's not as nice as your old girlfriend IMHO.

An Academic Look at IMHO

IMHO is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Aye Em Aich Oh), but as this is harder to say than "in my humble opinion," it is not usually uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IMHO is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. The abbreviation IMHO is a prepositional phrase (the preposition is in), which is used as an adverb to establish the setting for the main clause. Compare the examples below:
  • In London, four lions guard Nelson's Column.
  • (Here, the prepositional phrase In London is an adverb of place.)
  • IMHO, he is a berk.
  • (Here, the prepositional phrase IMHO is an adverb of concession, which is similar in meaning to although this is just my view.)

Example of IMHO Used in a Text

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