Grammar Grappler #7: Could Care Less versus Couldn’t Care Less

“Well, I could care less.” 

We hear people mutter it in frustration, but this simple sentence does not reflect their true sentiments.

What they mean is, “I couldn’t care less.”

“I couldn’t care less” means they care so little about the topic at hand that they could not possibly care even an iota less. They really could not care any less—that’s how little they care.

When people mistakenly say, “I could care less,” it means they DO care. If you could care less, you still care now.

Solution: If it’s apathy you wish to communicate, then you “couldn’t care less.”

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