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"Could care less" or "couldn't care less" ?(12 posts)

"Could care less" or "couldn't care less" ?Fr Ted Crilly
Oct 9, 2003 1:24 PM
I've always used the expression "couldn't care less", to indicate that I have no interest in a matter. But on this board, on several occasions, I have read the phrase "could care less" in a context that suggest that the author also means that he/she has absolutely no interest in a particular subject. Which is it? Could or couldn't care less?
When you think about it, "couldn't care less" indicates that the user has so little interest, that it's impossible for him/her to be less interested. "Could care less" indicates that while the user might have little interest in a matter, it's possible that they could have a lesser interest, i.e they could care less.

It's a quiet day at work.
WellSpoke Wrench
Oct 9, 2003 2:21 PM
I guess I could care less because I have a preference for "couldn't care less". I think that couldn't care less is more accurate.

But then there's also a pragmatic viewpoint. Assuming that the writer's purpose was to communicate, and you were able to figure out what the writer ment, I'd guess that either must get the job done.
Well it confused the hell out of me when I first heard "could caFr Ted Crilly
Oct 9, 2003 3:30 PM
Well it confused the hell out of me when I first heard "could care less".
If we just accept that we can include or exclude a negative term without affecting the meaning of the phrase, then things are going to quickly get confused.
Irregardless of that being said, I could care lessmoneyman
Oct 9, 2003 2:23 PM
How's that?

I'm no master of the English language but...biknben
Oct 9, 2003 4:07 PM
It should be "Couldn't care less". For some reason I always notice when people say it wrong. Strange.
Where's Professor 'iggins when we need 'im?The Walrus
Oct 9, 2003 5:12 PM
There's not much hope of rescuing the Queen's English from its witless, slovenly tormentors, the sort of logic-challenged addlepates who genuinely can't distinguish between the "could/couldn't care less" phrases, so the Mother Tongue continues on its inexorable downward spiral into the realm of the lowest common denominator. Why does anyone find it such an effort to properly speak their native language? I remember reading years ago that one of the manufacturers of packaged cake mixes had to "dumb down" the instructions on the box because too many consumers just couldn't comprehend them. Students are graduating from school speaking, reading and writing (and thinking) like this is some Third World banana republic, which is a good indication of what this country will turn into (pardon the preposition there at the end of the sentence...)

Wait, I know! It's all Clinton's fault!
English is a mongrel language anyway...don't stress (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 13, 2003 10:37 AM
Who gives a sht? Not!128
Oct 10, 2003 4:23 AM
Maybe this helps:

could (not) care less: If you care somewhat about something, drop the not. But if you don't care at all, keep it.
couldn't care less nmDougSloan
Oct 10, 2003 6:18 AM
re: "Could care less" or "couldn't care less" ?Hot Carl
Oct 10, 2003 8:08 AM
All this time I though I could give a rat's ass, when I really COULD NOT give a rat's ass.
I could car less....since I bicycle...get it?...nmbicyclerepairman
Oct 10, 2003 5:13 PM
Oct 13, 2003 10:35 AM