I don't give a dam

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by S.A.M., Apr 25, 2009.

  1. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

    It's interesting to me inasmuch as the existence of such phrases/idioms suggests that the underlying folk metaphysics is 'all things need to be paid for somehow, they do not come free'.

    Which seems obvious when it comes to things usually in material exchange, such as foodstuffs, clothing, pots etc. etc..

    But the fact that we say things such as 'I don't give a dam(n) what you think of me' suggests that also such things as respect, attention, affection come at some kind of cost.

    Which puts an interesting spin on proclamations of 'equality for all', 'liberty', 'democracy', 'unconditional kindness' and the like. These things simply are not free, they aren't even cheap, as much as their proponents like to believe they are.
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  3. superstring01 Moderator

    Ahhhhh. Interesting.

    Is this sort of a la "incinerate"?

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  5. Michael McDaniel Registered Member

    When I was a child circa 1950 my mother told me it was a tinkers tool worth less than a penny (almost worthless)
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  7. karenmansker HSIRI Banned

    Humor here . . . . . I think you are all wrong! . . . . . in the old US Civil War days (ca. 1864-ish), Rhett Butler, a southern dandy, said to his girlfriend, Frankly (or significant other): "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" HAHAHA!!! . . . . . yes . . . . I Know!!
  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    That line of dialog was in "Gone with the Wind," a movie made in the 20th century. It's not good scholarship to assume that people actually spoke that way three generations earlier!

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