Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Coby, Sep 29, 2010.
Curious on your thoughts.
For mine, could care less makes no sense at all.
I could care less about this thread to be honest with you
couldn't care less
Depends on which way you want to say it. I forgot the term describing phrases like that, but I believe the intention behind the phrase is to try and say the person doesn't care at all, meaning they could not care less about something.
I use could not myself, but pretty much everyone else I know says could care less
"could care less" is irksome. But irregardless, people still use it.
Subject of a post of mine from a long time ago at vBulletin:
Depends on how you mean it.
Could care less means that, yes, you could care less.
Couldn't care less means, no, you could not care any less than you already do.
I almost posted about this a few weeks ago.
It really annoys me when people say "could care less" when they actually mean "couldn't care less".
It's just another example of the English language being slowly mangled to death.
Although it may not be logical, 'could care less' sometimes just sounds better, i.e.:
people could care less if...
people couldn't care less if...
It's not wrong, it's just an idiom that isn't accepted by everyone yet (see link).
It is wrong.
Could and could not mean exactly the opposite.
I didn't hear Paul Brians, English professor at Washington State University explicitly call it that.
It makes no difference what he said.
It's still incorrect.
I happen to disagree with that opinion.
Language isn't mathematics. Sometimes it evolves like an art form, for instance if something sound a bit snappier, it may get accepted as an idiom. Idioms can be a problematic aspect in language indeed, but there are no laws in any language stating that they are 'wrong'.
An idiom can sound good in its whole, but make no sense once you start to disect it. Now I completely understand your point, but to be honest, I think it's completely irrelevant.
I've gotten to the point that I just do not care anymore. It's become abundantly apparent that the the language will be adapted to the general masses, rather then retaining the original language structure.
I mean, honestly, once you start including omg and lol as words in the dictionary, as well as including words that started off as slang for searching for something online, you should realize the language has already been shot to hell.
That makes you incorrect also.
And a whole lot of other (respected) people then. I have a different view on this matter, that doesn't mean I'm incorrect.
But you're probably going to respond now with 'yes you are'.
If you can't see the difference between could and could not then there's not much more to say.
Do you also think will and will not mean the same?
What about can and cannot?
Separate names with a comma.