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Why do we say "I could care less" if we all know it's wrong?

I'm a linguistics Uni student. Someone said the expression "I could care less" and our lecturer said that this phrase doesn't make any grammatic sense and the correct form of it is "I could NOT care less". We all seemed to know that already. So WHY do we all still use it??

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Jul. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • I never understood why people used the incorrect form. I correct my children when they say it wrong but they still screw it up!
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 2:31 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I usually say "I couldn't care less" but I talk to fast and with such a country accent it comes out "could".
    Kiwismommy19

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 2:31 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Well I couldn't care less which phrase people use.

    HAHAHAHAHA
    FatGirl239

    Answer by FatGirl239 at 2:32 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I don't use that. I did it one and my son, who was 13 at the time, chewed me out and broke it down for me. LOL Never again will I say it wrong. Hahaha He is a stickler. He even chewed out his teacher for it and saying "borryed" instead of "borrowed".
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:32 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I know, I always use it the correct way but most people don't. And I didn't use to either until I got a job as a teacher :)
    pipermomofash

    Answer by pipermomofash at 2:33 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I seriously haven't ever thought about it.lol
    SuperrMommyy

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 2:33 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I could care less on how it’s phrase. :-D he he
    musicmom08

    Answer by musicmom08 at 2:34 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I often say "I couldn't care less".
    AshleyBDG

    Answer by AshleyBDG at 2:40 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • That phrase is right up there with "I seen it..." (They always seem to drop the " 've" part. Every time I hear someone say "seen" in the present tense, it makes me cringe! LOL :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 2:41 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • we American do that all the time. Like "I got a pen right here". It's "I HAVE got". lol
    pipermomofash

    Answer by pipermomofash at 2:43 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

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