I could care less — but I don’t.
The correct, once common, expression is “I couldn’t care less.” In other words, I don’t care at all. Whatever the matter is, it means nothing to me.
The trouble is that more and more people are saying “I could care less” with a dismissive tone. They’re implying, vocally, the very opposite of what they’re saying.
Thus my headline — I could care less about it, but I don’t, so I did that carefully.
There are plentiful reasons to use “I couldn’t care less” when speaking about things one doesn’t like or consider important.
I couldn’t care less about Donald Trump.
I couldn’t care less about golf and tennis.
I couldn’t care less about rap music. (I consider it an oxymoron.)
But thinking of things about which I could care less feels like admitting to over-enthusiasm.
I could care less about chocolate.
I could care less about hockey. (Don’t worry, Hawks, I won’t!)
I could care less about words and languages, of course — because I care about them so much. But I won’t! I’ll go on caring.
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