“You COULD Care less?”

How MUCH less could you care? A little? A lot? If you could care less, but you don’t, then it’s likely that you really do care an unspecified amount…which is not at all what you meant to convey! However, if you find it possible to care so little, and the object of your [not] caring so unimportant and unworthy that you are able to hold it in no regard whatever–in fact, ignore it totally– except, of course,  to mention your total disregard of it–then you may actually be unable to care less! And this is what you really meant to convey.

 But because the vast majority of people in the USA, either from ignorance, laziness, or the wish to follow current trends, are heard to say (with a flippant air), “I could care less,”  you parrot what everyone says, not realizing  that it expresses the opposite of what you mean. “So what?”, you say. “Everybody knows what it means, which is that I really don’t care. Nobody cares, man”…except for the few of us who still have respect for the English language and take pride in expressing ourselves correctly.

Oh……the correct way to say it is: “I couldn’t care less!”

 

Hello? Anybody care?
Hello? Anybody care?

 

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Author: b4i4get

I am a 68-yo retired Physical Therapist Asst. living in Texas. Currently I have ~5 dozen webpages, including 3 homepages, an e-novel, and 1 blog. I love cats, writing, and thinking about the big questions. I am also a singer-songwriter, though no one has heard of me--yet.

3 thoughts on ““You COULD Care less?””

  1. I totally agree! That is so annoying! Not to mention the “your/you’re” confusion! since when did people start confusing those two?? And what about gurlz, wat’s dat, and when people type “c u l8r” when they have full keyboards!! Murderers! 🙂

  2. Re: your/you’re, if it is handwritten, the writer may not know the difference. In a Word document or email, the Spellchecker does not know the difference between two possible words that are correctly spelled, though a grammatical error may be underlined. I don’t text, but I know that this shorthand is used to convey the most with the least number of characters, as well as in order to be cool (or possibly “kewl.”) As for “gurlz, what’s dat”, that is Ebonics, a sub-dialect of the English language, and if the person writing it or speaking it is not black, it is an affectation. Thanks very much for the comment!

  3. Kay! I don’t think I’ll ever e-mail you again.LOL My poor grammar is from ignorance. It was my worst subject in school, and it is an embarrassment. 🙂

    Lori xxoo

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