- “I could care less if Alan knows immediately how to find Paulina Street or Damen Avenue.”
- “It’s over with and I could care less to be honest with you”
- “Unlike some on the left, I’m not going to use this as an opportunity to call for a boycott on Heinz products, because I really could care less.”
- “I could care less. It’s not about me. It’s about creating wonderful places where people gather and want to live.”
- “How are lenders dealing with these unconventional pairings? ‘Lenders could care less.’”
- “To get right to the point: terrorists could care less who they kill.”
- “We’re seeing that the majority of those who send unsolicited e-mail could care less about CAN-SPAM”
- “I could care less and the sheriff could care less about where they get the authority for their cars.”
- “I can sell three records or 3 million, I could care less.” An open letter to everyone that currently speaks the English language, may someday speak the English language, or is even aware that the English language exists:If, in the course of conversation, you wish to express disdain for a person, object, or concept, you may consider using the phrase, “I could not care less.” The use of said phrase implies that you cannot spare the tiniest iota of thought or concern for the health, well-being, or make-up of the phrase’s object. As a general rule, the phrase “I could care less” is not what you seek. The use of that phrase implies that you do, in fact, ponder, reflect, or otherwise contemplate just how the phrase’s subject is faring. It also implies that you are personally affected by the well-being of the object of the phrase.
While omitting the “not” from the target phrase might be excused in conversation as a slip of the tongue, the same offense committed on the printed page is inexcusable and should be cause for a public flogging.
If the subtle distinction between the improper and proper forms of the phrase are too much for your feeble mind to handle, allow me to offer up some simple alternatives:- “To hell with that.”
- “I don’t give a damn.”
- “It doesn’t matter to me.” Those of you watching closely may notice how closely that resembles the troublesome twosome mentioned above. However, for reasons completely beyond me, I’ve never heard anyone misuse the “doesn’t matter” form of the phrase. Well, other than swapping “don’t” for “doesn’t,” obviously, which fails to change the overall meaning, but certainly fails most grammar tests. Please, folks. Let’s get this right. We’ve harnessed the atom. We’ve walked on the moon. We’ve cloned sheep. We’ve synthesized food colorings in our laboratories that have no analogs in the natural world. Let’s not look like shambling, mumbling mounds of water, carbon, iron, and trace elements just because we cannot remember to include a three letter adverb in a commonly used phrase.
Let’s look sharp out there. And no, I could not care less if you’re a prime offender of the nature described above and you were offended by the words in the space.