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Old 02-24-2020, 12:18 PM
 
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Do you mean couldnt care less? Youre saying they care?
So I live on this planet we call Earth. Its a nice place. Here, we do not let rules of formal language dictate common terms of phrase, instead we let them occur naturally. When I say "could care less" it communicates the meaning that the person in question does not place weight on the factor at issue. Even though such a term may not comply with the rules of grammar, we earthlings do not really care. In every language on the planet, there are expressions that do not comply with strict usage rules of the language. In fact, over time, most languages have developed formal and informal rules. For some reasons, people who consider themselves grammar police like to enforce strict rules on expressions that are well known, meaning that they are already accepted for usage in the language. This is one of those times. No, I did not mean "couldn't care less," I meant, "could care less" and I "could care less" if you think I am grammatically incorrect for doing so. Good day.
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Old 02-24-2020, 01:04 PM
 
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So I live on this planet we call Earth. Its a nice place. Here, we do not let rules of formal language dictate common terms of phrase, instead we let them occur naturally. When I say "could care less" it communicates the meaning that the person in question does not place weight on the factor at issue. Even though such a term may not comply with the rules of grammar, we earthlings do not really care. In every language on the planet, there are expressions that do not comply with strict usage rules of the language. In fact, over time, most languages have developed formal and informal rules. For some reasons, people who consider themselves grammar police like to enforce strict rules on expressions that are well known, meaning that they are already accepted for usage in the language. This is one of those times. No, I did not mean "couldn't care less," I meant, "could care less" and I "could care less" if you think I am grammatically incorrect for doing so. Good day.
That doesn't make sense? If you could care less then obviously you care somewhat no? I'm sorry but it just didn't make sense. Wether you like it or not the fact is you are saying the exact opposite of what you want to say so I was confused!? Grammar police or not. Hello
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Old 02-25-2020, 07:40 AM
 
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That doesn't make sense? If you could care less then obviously you care somewhat no? I'm sorry but it just didn't make sense. Wether you like it or not the fact is you are saying the exact opposite of what you want to say so I was confused!? Grammar police or not. Hello
Again, English is a language. Language is about communication. Whether or not you like it, "could care less" and "couldn't care less" mean the same thing. At least according to the experts.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word...ldnt-care-less

So HELLO and learn a little about how communication works before you throw any grammar police BS my way. You are simply wrong and do not understand usage. Maybe you are stuck in the 1940s, and if so, I welcome you to the modern era. Even for an old guy like me, this is a non-issue. The two terms are used interchangeably in informal English usage and have been for many decades. My guess is that you have heard this many many times and it bothers you for some reason. I do not think that this is the first time you ever heard a phrase with this usage volume. Good luck with that. If I am correct on this, the fact that you have heard it many many times should answer your own question. Language evolves. If you choose not to do so with it, best to you with that approach.
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