Could care less or couldn't care less?

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by lace_and_feet, May 26, 2007.

  1. lace_and_feet

    lace_and_feet Super Member

    This is something that has always bugged me--the phrases "I could care less" and "I couldn't care less". The latter is the only one that makes sense, right? So why do I hear both, and the former much more often?
  2. hotwater

    hotwater Senior Member

    The english language has been under attack for decades by immigrants and the lower classes who are either unwilling to fully convert, or who have chosen to bastardize the kings english through sheer laziness :mad:

    Let's return to a time before babel when everyone spoke the same language [​IMG]

  3. BraveSirRubin

    BraveSirRubin Members

    All I know is that I couldn't care less.

  4. lace_and_feet

    lace_and_feet Super Member

    At least you're grammatically proper in not caring.
  5. mamaKCita

    mamaKCita fucking stupid.

    OH MY GOD!! that's always been a peeve of mine. i hate that, it's so aggravating. there's a few other phrases like that i've heard butchered, i just can't think of them now.
  6. stinkfoot

    stinkfoot truth

    Really???? Let me aks you where you came up with that?
  7. mamaKCita

    mamaKCita fucking stupid.

    :eek: :popcorn:
  8. lace_and_feet

    lace_and_feet Super Member

    I'm glad to hear someone understands...:D

    This reminds me, at my last job I worked with this woman that had a heart of gold but the WORST grammar I have ever heard in my life. A normal conversation would include her asking something along the lines of "Was you OK with that?".

    It was depressing.
  9. Posthumous

    Posthumous Resident Smartass

    Liberal use of the double-negative greatly irritates my mathematical sensibilities.
  10. Boogabaah

    Boogabaah I am not here

    i dunt undursant dis thred. y'all b talkin sum mad ebonicz!
  11. cerridwen

    cerridwen in stitches

    If someone actually COULD care less, then 'I could care less' would apply.

    Rather, if someone literally COULD NOT care less, then yes, the latter would apply.

    So, put in that context, both would be grammatically correct.
  12. stinkfoot

    stinkfoot truth

    I could care less-- with a little effort.
  13. lace_and_feet

    lace_and_feet Super Member

    Right. The problem is that I often hear people using "I could care less" when they are trying to make the point that they don't care at all.
  14. hippieatheart

    hippieatheart vagina boob

    i always say "i could care less"
    but nobody from where i'm from talks correctly! haha
  15. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    It's pretty trival. I tend to use both, and I tend to sometimes use the former without thinking much about it. Next time I will simply say I don't give a fuck and keep it simple. There are much more important things people should be worrying about than something as silly as how grammatically correct somebody is. We are on the verge of WWIII, yet most people don't seem to be too concerned about that. They are more concerned about what other people are saying or doing.
  16. lace_and_feet

    lace_and_feet Super Member

    Grammar is the only thing I care about.
  17. Pressed_Rat

    Pressed_Rat Do you even lift, bruh?

    OK then. I will be keeping a close eye on your threads and will be sure to point out when you make a grammatical faux pas.
  18. Posthumous

    Posthumous Resident Smartass

    Yes, in Finnegans Wake, James Joyce says the end of the world will come from, ''the abnihilisation of the etym," thus at the destruction of all meaning.
  19. lace_and_feet

    lace_and_feet Super Member

    I was joking, Matt.
  20. 121

    121 Senior Member

    Well I'm a little drunk but...

    If you say 'I could care less' then your saying that part of you actually cares.. This is a stupid comment that amounts to nothing...

    If you say 'I couldn't care less' then your saying you don't care about it at all. This comment has a point.. yeah

    I'm I going somewhere with this Lace and Feet? :D

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