"I could care less"

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  1. Laika Space Bitch Registered Senior Member

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    "I could care less".

    People use this phrase to convey indifference. Surely they really mean "I couldn't care less". What they succeed in communicating to me is "I am a retard".

    What does it mean to you?
     
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  3. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    i could care less

    seriously though, it's a phrase that a person uses when the subject is unimportant or irrelevent
     
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  5. Thor "Pfft, Rebel scum!" Valued Senior Member

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    I've rarely heard the phrase "I could care less". I've often heard it said couldn't.

    Although sometimes I do say "I could care less...watch" and look even more unimpressed.
     
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  7. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

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    It's true, a lot of people on these forums do use 'I could care less' instead of 'I couldn't...', which is slightly irritating, given that these people liken themselves to intellectuals.

    Other phrases or misspellings that grate, are 'anyhoo', instead of anyhow; 'anyways', instead of anyway and quite a few others, which I can't think of at the moment.
     
  8. Lemming3k Insanity Gone Mad Registered Senior Member

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    wow deja vu, have we had this thread before? My ex used to say i could care less, which is fine it just made me laugh as its the opposite of what she meant and stupid people are quite entertaining(why do you think i come here?)

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    Anyhoo or anyways doesnt bother me since despite being grammatically poor it conveys the same point, even im guilty of saying anyways, but usually as trailing off a sentence. Also im the first to admit my language skills are somewhat limited.
     
  9. Light Registered Senior Member

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    Yes, not a good showing for those who claim to be intellectuals. Another one is "alot." Why they think that's all one word instead of correctly being two ("a lot") is beyond me.

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  10. Thor "Pfft, Rebel scum!" Valued Senior Member

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    You just wait and see, many of the things we're talking about now will probably be recognised by various Dictionaries around the globe.

    If anyone here ever watched Futurama, the word ask has been replaced by todays slang, aks.

    I forsee this happening with many words used on the net. Examples being Al/tho, Alot, Teh and hell, we might even see Woot in there. I know I use that in real life.

    And I believe 'anyhoo' is supposed to be 'anywho' which is becoming a popular word.
     
  11. alain du hast mich Registered Senior Member

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    i have never heard anyone say that, but at a guess they are implying "i could care less, but not by much"
     
  12. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    I still cant believe "smell you later" replased goodbye
     
  13. Zephyr Humans are ONE Registered Senior Member

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    Teh w00t. Some people jsut aren't 1337 enough to appreciyate gramma.

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  14. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

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    This is exactly what I'm talking about.. the correct spelling dear Zephyr, should read, sum ppl.. arn't... enuf. I mean, get it right

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  15. Hapsburg Hellenistic polytheist Valued Senior Member

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  16. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    Similarly, some morons say 'could of', ... because they say 'of' instead of the contraction for 'have'. They should say 'could've' (which is still sloppy) but over pronounce the contraction and turn it into 'of'.
     
  17. Laika Space Bitch Registered Senior Member

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    Indeed. All of these types of thing irritate more than they probably should.
     
  18. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    There's lots of corruptions of the language like that. Of course, it should be "I couldn't care less." The phrase "I could care less" seems to be primarily an Americanism.

    One more I can think of, off hand, is "for all intensive purposes".
     
  19. Gustav Banned Banned

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    which is of course....for all intents and purposes
    you probably will like this one, james
     
  20. Gustav Banned Banned

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    oooh

    THE QUICK AND THE DEAD

    The earliest meaning of the word “quick” in English is “alive.” When a baby was first felt to move in its mother’s womb it was considered to have come to life, and this moment was called “quickening.” This original meaning of the word “quick” has now died out except in the phrase “the quick and the dead,” kept alive by the King James translation of Acts 10:42, which speaks of Jesus as judge “of quick and dead,” but even more by the continued recitation of the Apostles’ Creed, which says of Jesus that “he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”

    People who use this phrase to imply that speed is involved—liveliness rather than aliveness—sometimes get credit for creating a clever pun but more often come off as ignorant.


    i love this shit
     
  21. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

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    Then you'll love Lederer. At the top is my pet peeve. Newscasters, along with everyone else, are constantly misusing it.

    ~Raithere

     
  22. Satyr Banned Banned

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    I could care more…but I don’t bother. :bugeye:
     
  23. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

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    There used to be a newsreader in the UK, on the BBC no less, who used to pronounce muslim, like muslin; he used to irritate the fuck out of me.
     

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