Why do some people to say "I COULD care less"? Shouldn't it actually be "I COULDN'T care less?"
If you COULD care less it means you DO care about the issue at hand doesn't it? What do you think?
Yes, they are misusing the phrase. I'm not sure why, but a lot of people do not use correct grammar. Some mistakes can be traced to slang. This phrase in particular was used long before the internet started creating webspeak, so I am not sure of its ultimate origin.
I don't know. To me, "I could care less" is sufficiently dismissive to convey what the person intends. It is sort of like saying, "I could care less, but why even bother."
I could care less, was originally a British saying and came to the US in the 1950s.
The inverted form I could care less was coined in the US and is found only here, recorded in print by 1966.
Here are few interesting links about. "I could care less".
http://dictionary.reference.com/help/fa … e/g09.html
This is very interesting please read.
http://articles.boston.com/2010-10-24/l … es-decades
I think "I could care less!" is present tense and Couldn't care less is past tense.
I think the original saying is 'I couldn't care less' but over the years people have started saying 'I could care less' either they are incorrect or the change in the expression represents the sarcastic adaptation of the original.
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