couldnt care less~~

Something which kept me wondering how to interpret this phrase. how can’t you care less? or couldn’t care less?

the following chart did help in explaining the sarcasm in this phrase.

interesting.

Source: http://incompetech.com/gallimaufry/care_less.html

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“I could care less” vs. “I couldn’t care less”

The Question Ends Here


When one usually states “I could care less”, they usually mean “I could not care less”. [e.g. “I could care less about linguistics.”]

In order for one to “care less” about a subject, they must first care about it somewhat. Saying “I could care less about … ” does indeed imply, nay dictate, that there is some degree of care.

I’ve put together a handy chart to help visualize…

The Caring Continuum. vertical chart shows amount of caring - 'zero' and 'couldn't care less' synonymous at the bottom

It can easily be seen that, in absolute terms, there is no caring at the zero marker. It is impossible to care less than that amount.

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