The internet slang term iirc stands for “if I recall correctly.” This acronym can qualify a statement with uncertainty, add a note of snark or sarcasm to a message, and even be used as a polite modifier. Its use depends on the context in which it is used, so understanding the tone of a conversation can help you determine when IIRC is appropriate.
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In this example, Friend #2 uses IIRC to qualify his or her opinion of John by acknowledging that it is based on memory and may not be entirely accurate. This is a way of being open to correction or adding a note of humility to an otherwise strong statement about a person.
This type of IIRC can also be inserted directly before explaining a memory—in this case, at the beginning of a sentence. This is more common when sharing information that you recall as factual but may not be entirely sure of. It is a useful tool for sharing details about past events or personal experiences that might have some level of inaccuracy. It is also frequently used when discussing an individual’s emotional state, as in this example, to acknowledge that the expression he or she is wearing is how he or she remembers it rather than how others might see it.