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Darkbee2Bee #1 Posted May 13 2014 - 14:49

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I see a lot of people using the phrase "I could care less".  You keep using that phrase, I do not think it means what you think it means.  Quite simply, if you could care less, that means that your current level of caring is higher than what it could be.  In other words, if your goal is to not care at all, then you still having some level of caring above that.  I always find pictures are helpful in understanding concepts:

 

 

In the chart we see that somebody starts out with a caring level of 100%.  It is something they deeply care about.  Gradually over time they care less until the reach a point where their level of care is 0.   This is the situation where they are completely indifferent, have no vested interest in the thing that is being considered for care.  If your goal is to care the least about something then zero is where you want to be.  There is nowhere to go beyond there*.  Zero fax were given at this point i.e. You could not care less. 

 

If you've read this and are thinking to yourself "STFU you arrogant know-it-all.  I couldn't care less about your stinking poast", then congratulations to you!  I think you've made some progress today.

 

*II'm not really sure what negative caring or anti-care represents, so is considered irrelevant to the point trying to be made.  If you absolutely must define it then I guess it could be some form or caring that is manifested through hatred or rage (going postal?).  In which case, approaching zero would still be indicative of caring less.



vladvirus #2 Posted May 13 2014 - 14:56

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what the hell did i just read

okjoek #3 Posted May 13 2014 - 14:56

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I always thought the phrase was "I couldn't care less". Atleast that's how I've always used it. You're right, it doesn't make sense to say "I could care less" because that implies you must care a little.

Edited by okjoek, May 13 2014 - 14:57.


SdKfz252 #4 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:02

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View Postvladvirus, on May 13 2014 - 08:56, said:

what the hell did i just read


At this point, I couldn't care less. :trollface:



IronWolfV #5 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:03

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View Postvladvirus, on May 13 2014 - 09:56, said:

what the hell did i just read

^ This



Das_Panzerlied #6 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:06

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I'm sorry you wasted your time and ours with this.

 

This is akin to the phrase: "Six of one, half a dozen of the other", because that is too long, most people just say, "one half dozen or another".

 

There are actually two ways to say what you brought up: "I couldn't care less" or "I could care less, but I don't." Since the "but I don't" is implied, it is left off the phrase.

 

To use it in a sentence, "We COULD CARE LESS about this thread, but..."



Tichinde #7 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:07

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View Postokjoek, on May 13 2014 - 15:56, said:

I always thought the phrase was "I couldn't care less". Atleast that's how I've always used it. You're right, it doesn't make sense to say "I could care less" because that implies you must care a little.

^this



pyantoryng #8 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:14

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Linguistic errors...it's the bloody internet, so what do you expect?

 

...how much is 400,000 grands, anyway?



SdKfz252 #9 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:17

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View Postpyantoryng, on May 13 2014 - 09:14, said:

Linguistic errors...it's the bloody internet, so what do you expect?

 

...how much is 400,000 grands, anyway?


400 100 Grands.

This is just one of them:



JeremyB0B #10 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:20

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View Postvladvirus, on May 13 2014 - 14:56, said:

what the hell did i just read

I'm starting to think I need an abbreviation for how many times I see people say this.

 

WTHDIJR?



Darkbee2Bee #11 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:24

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View PostDas_Panzerlied, on May 13 2014 - 10:06, said:

I'm sorry you wasted your time and ours with this.

 

This is akin to the phrase: "Six of one, half a dozen of the other", because that is too long, most people just say, "one half dozen or another".

 

There are actually two ways to say what you brought up: "I couldn't care less" or "I could care less, but I don't." Since the "but I don't" is implied, it is left off the phrase.

 

To use it in a sentence, "We COULD CARE LESS about this thread, but..."

 

 

I'm sorry that your level or caring was such that you felt compelled to post a reply.  :smile:

 

I don't see what difference adding "but I don't" makes.  The statement of fact, that you could care less, still holds true; your level of caring is still somewhere above not caring.  I could care less about AFK'ers in the game, but I don't because it bothers me.

 

+1 to those who see the irony in not caring about a thread on not caring.



stugger #12 Posted May 13 2014 - 15:41

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This is basically an over written statement telling people they are using the phrase "I could care less" wrong.

Dr_Wigglespank #13 Posted May 13 2014 - 17:53

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View Poststugger, on May 13 2014 - 08:41, said:

This is basically an over written statement telling people they are using the phrase "I could care less" wrong.

 

I could care less and not post about your stating the obvious.






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