Posted by: episystechpubs | January 14, 2014

Editor’s Corner: I couldn’t care less…or could I?

There’s a phrase out there that drives many of you batty because it is so often misused. The correct phrase “I couldn’t care less” means that you are indifferent to something. It means that you do not care. It is often misspoken as “I could care less.” According to Grammar Girl, this phrase crossed over to the United States from Britain in the 1950s and got turned upside in less than 10 years.

I don’t use the phrase myself—I tend toward several more “colorful” options that aren’t to be uttered in polite company. They may or may not involve animal parts and flying, but I can’t say I’ve ever been misunderstood when I’ve used them. If you must express your lack (or someone else’s lack) of caring with this phrase, just make sure you say “I couldn’t care less” and keep the “not” in there.

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