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To think I could care less means I care at least a bit?

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saveforthat Wed 17-Feb-16 10:59:02

When did the expression "I couldn't care less "change into "I could care less". It's just wrong.

HunterHearstHelmsley Wed 17-Feb-16 11:00:23

Yes! I hate this. It sounds stupid.

I could not care less. Could NOT. Arrggh!

WorraLiberty Wed 17-Feb-16 11:01:21


'I could care less', is actually no measure at all of how much someone cares.


CooPie10 Wed 17-Feb-16 11:01:29

I think both mean the same thing. I'm trying to think of which I would use and probably both.

MammaTJ Wed 17-Feb-16 11:11:37

I could not care less is correct. Only stupid people use I could care less. Clearly you care then!

BillBrysonsBeard Wed 17-Feb-16 11:16:32

Agree OP. Admittedly I've only heard/seen Americans use "could care less". Well then you care a bit then don't you!

ShamefulPlaceMarker Wed 17-Feb-16 11:18:30

Bloody double negatives drive me mad!..... I couldn't care less is correct. As is I didn't do ANYTHING! Not I didn't do nothing!

DixieNormas Wed 17-Feb-16 11:19:06

could care less is stupid

TwatMagnet Wed 17-Feb-16 11:19:11


"I could care less" can only mean "I care a bit but if I thought about it long enough I could probably make myself care less"


WingMirrorSpider Wed 17-Feb-16 11:19:21

MaidOfStars Wed 17-Feb-16 11:19:59

I say 'I could care less' and I'm not stupid!

I say it sarcastically.

MaidOfStars Wed 17-Feb-16 11:21:06

(And because I know it winds people up)

dodobookends Wed 17-Feb-16 11:23:34

It's the Americans and their tenuous grasp of the English language I'm afraid!

They also say "I'm pissed" when they mean "I'm pissed off", and they don't understand that they're getting that wrong either.

Oysterbabe Wed 17-Feb-16 12:23:57

I don't think I've heard anyone say could care less?

Pollyputhtekettleon Wed 17-Feb-16 12:40:40

Could care less is just a mistake people make. Really irritating to hear though!

Namechangenell Wed 17-Feb-16 12:56:18

I live in the US. My friends here say 'I could care less' where Brits would say 'I couldn't care less' - in layman's terms, I really couldn't give a shit.

Nothing to do with a tenuous grasp of the English language, Dodo hmm. Rather a regional variation.

DoJo Wed 17-Feb-16 13:07:31

I've always taken it to mean 'I could care less, but it would be a struggle' as in the amount I care is minimal.

MaidOfStars Wed 17-Feb-16 13:07:33

Could care less is just a mistake people make

Despite it's usage being well documented as a sarcastic, possibly Yiddish, variant?

"Head over heels" is a mistake. I shall now begin to correct anyone who says this. grin

RaskolnikovsGarret Wed 17-Feb-16 13:08:20

Why be so ridiculously rude about the American version? It's just a different usage of the phrase. We have our regional variation of phrases here.

NoMoreGrimble Wed 17-Feb-16 13:27:04

Never really got "cheap at half the price". What's that all about?

IceBeing Wed 17-Feb-16 13:30:53

right can an American please explain 'not for nothing'?

also why is head over heels wrong <cringes>

CalleighDoodle Wed 17-Feb-16 13:40:25

'Could care less' is wrong. There's loads on this topic online. Ive never heard anyone say it or seena anyone use it, so it doesnt bother me at all. What we should be worried about is the amount of people who think 'alot' is a bloody word. Or those who think it is could / would / should of!!!!!! Now they give me the rage.

CalleighDoodle Wed 17-Feb-16 13:42:18

My dad used to say cheap at half the price, or his favourite 'wow get two!' when he was sarcastically saying i couldnt have something because it wasnt worth the money.

Mominatrix Wed 17-Feb-16 13:44:14

i thought the term was "I couldn't care less". Makes more sense.

CalleighDoodle Wed 17-Feb-16 13:46:22

It is mom. Could is a mistake.

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