I Really Could Care Less

August 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm (Fun(ny), Rants) (, , )

Ok I realize I’m a nerd, but grammar pet peeve #2: “I could care less.”

An example: Lets pretend that I just found out that someone hacked the Furman Green Guide website and it has been completely destroyed.  My “save the world” friends would probably be very upset, and I would try very hard to sympathize with them (though I’m not sure that would work out too well).  If, however, I were to be completely honest about the situation, I would say, “I couldn’t care less,” meaning I really don’t care.  I would not say, “I could care less,” which actually means that out of all the “caring-ness levels” out there, there are definitely some levels way below my current level.  Basically, it means that I do care.

So next time you don’t care about a particular event, but you do care about sounding more intelligent, simply add an “n’t” at the end of “could.”  It’s really not that hard.

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