"I couldn't care less"

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Exhumed, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. Exhumed Self ******. Registered Senior Member

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    When people say "I couldn't care less" there is always someone who says "lolo, actually, it's "i COULD care less, newb".

    I can't imagine any reason why that would be correct, but the correction seems omnipresent. There is nothing incorrect about saying "I couldn't care less", it means your caring is already at 0, which is typically the intent.

    So plz stop with these false corrections, thx.

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  3. draqon Banned Banned

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    I wouldnt say it
     
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  5. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I hate that they corrected you when they very damn well knew what you were saying. I hate hair splitters. pompous asses, the lot of them.
     
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  7. shorty_37 Go! Canada Go! Registered Senior Member

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    I usually just say..........I could give a shit ...
     
  8. ashpwner Registered Senior Member

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    yea im with orleander there lol.
     
  9. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I couldn't agree more.

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  10. quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, anyone who says "I could care less" is wrong. However, I've usually seen it work the other way. I.e., somewhere along the line, the correct phrase got corrupted, and lots of people started saying "I could care less," which doesn't make any sense. Then the smart-alecs caught on to this and started correcting them. Somehow, you've managed to hang out in company where this got twisted backwards...
     
  11. superluminal . Registered Senior Member

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    If I couldn't care less, then I'm telling you I'm already at the minimum that I could care about whatever it is you said. I could care less implies that you may actually care quite a bit, albeit at an unspecified level.

    What the hell. I don't give a rats ass... or do I...?

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  12. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    If someone wins an award for some movie they were in "I could care less". Many things that are happening in the world today that this saying is very good for.
     
  13. superluminal . Registered Senior Member

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    No, no no! Stop the madness!
     
  14. Reiku Banned Banned

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    I couldn't care less.

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  15. maxg Registered Senior Member

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    It depends on whether you want to be straighforward or sarcastic. "Couldn't care less" means what it says while "could care less" is usually meant sarcastically.

    If you want the American Heritage Dictionary explanation:
    http://www.bartleby.com/64/C003/078.html
     
  16. superluminal . Registered Senior Member

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    Interesting explanation. I find the sarcasm in "I could care less" to be too subtle for my tastes. And I think it's just plain wrong. That explanation is just a cover-up for all of the weenies out there who screw it up.
     
  17. Reiku Banned Banned

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    How about instead, ''I couldn't give two flying mexican monkeys?''

    or, ''couldn't give a rat's arse.''

    Or simply... ''Can't be fucked?''
     
  18. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Oooo, I'm gonna have to remember those. I don't think Peta has heard them yet. LOVE the mexican monkey one.
     
  19. superluminal . Registered Senior Member

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    I already did the rats arse one:

     
  20. Reiku Banned Banned

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    Or, ''i couldn't care less other than the time you made me waste thinking about it.''
     
  21. Looney Whaaaaat? Registered Senior Member

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    I could care less but can't be bothered.
     
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  23. Klippymitch Thinker Registered Senior Member

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    I couldn't care less than I do now.

    I'm at the lowest level of caring.

    Newbs
     

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