could care less vs could not care less : Common Errors in English

About could care less vs could not care less

Clichés are especially prone to scrambling because they become meaningless through overuse. In this case an expression which originally meant “it would be impossible for me to care less than I do because I do not care at all” is rendered senseless by being transformed into the now-common “I could care less.” Think about it: if you could care less, that means you care some. The original already drips sarcasm, so it’spointless to argue that the newer version is “ironic.” People who misusethis phrase are just being careless.Still not convinced?

could care less in News

  • ‘Yeezus’ Unmasked: Kanye West Talks Love, Music And Fatherhood In Rare ‘NY Times’ Interview

    Kanye West could care less what you think, that is until he's taken out of context. It's part of what makes him the "anti-celebrity," as he calls himself in a rare interview for the 'New York Times.' And even though he's now in one of the most publicized relationships in pop culture, he still has a way of reformulating his image and dispensing his truth to the people on his terms... More »
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Atlanta Post

could not care less in News

  • The H-spot: Your Sex Questions Answered

                                           Art by Ryan Huertas, www.ryanhuertas.com   I'm an Asian American woman in my thirties living in a large urban city. I have gotten to this point where I honestly could not care less about having sex. My last relationship was several years ago and I don't have the energy to "put myself out there." Am I becoming too complacent or is this just a period of ...
    on August 5, 2013 Source: Hyphen Magazine

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