What Does IIRC Mean?

IIRC means "If I Remember Correctly."

The abbreviation IIRC is used with the meaning "If I Remember Correctly" to indicate that the accuracy of a statement is dependent on memory. It is often used to preface a statement that the sender knows or suspects to be untrue, in order to provide deniability in the event of being challenged.

Summary of Key Points

"If I Remember Correctly" is the most common definition for IIRC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:If I Remember Correctly
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write IIRC, I mean this:

meaning of IIRC
IIRC may mean I am about to tell a lie.


Examples of IIRC in Sentences

Here are examples of IIRC being used in conversations:
  • Nina: When did we last get a pay rise?
  • Daryl: IIRC, it was about five years ago.
  • Husband: Where's the Sellotape?
  • Wife: In the top drawer, IIRC.

An Academic Look at IIRC

IIRC is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Eye Arr See). However, it is not usually uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IIRC is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

IIRC is an abbreviated conditional phrase. A conditional sentence expresses a fact or simple implication and always begins with "if" or "when." Sentences or phrases like this usually have a conclusion (e.g., "If it rains, we will get wet.")

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "As I Recall," "If I'm Not Mistaken," or even just "If I Remember Correctly" instead of using IIRC.

Example of IIRC Used in a Text


See Also

AFAIR (As Far As I Remember) ITYF (I Think You'll Find) ISTR (I Seem To Recall)