This is what unfortunate people add to their sentences when they are desperately trying to convince you that they are either telling the truth or are quite a bit smarter than reality.
Well, when I was last in Italy, we dined at a most excellent little place I found called Nicola's, as it were.
sort of; in a way; as if it were true
"I'm in the market... as it were" - Cpt. Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
a phrase used to sound cultured, especially when fellating a horse.
While i was sucking him off, as it were...
It means "in fact, if not in deed." The statement to which it applies may not be the literal truth, but it's not far from it.
He's from the top of the lower classes, as it were.
He may not have ridden her horse, but I'm sure he's saddled her mare, as it were.
Oops, I just spoke an inadvertent double entendre and I want you to believe that my mind is dirty enough to have realised it but not so dirty as to have done it deliberately
I was standing in a cold draught talking to that sexy new girl from no. 21 and now I'm all stiff. <pause, slight blush> er.. as it were.