Thursday, March 30, 2006

You Probably Couldn't Care Less


I made the mistake of listening to Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN today, and once again find myself irritated. They have an embarrassing sportsfans-get-married contest going on, but I won't even get into that. What really tripped my trigger was dumb lineman Golic's misuse of the language.

Everyone, please pay attention. because many of you repeatedly make the same mistake. If you don't care about something, the correct phrase would be, "I couldn't care less." If you say, "I could care less," as Golic does, you are actually saying the opposite of what you intend. If you could care less, then you care some. Get it? The accurate usage would be to say that you couldn't care less. Is that so hard? Especially, if you make your living talking on the radio.

Repeat after me, I COULDN'T CARE LESS! I COULDN'T CARE LESS!

Comments:
and when you all get that down, please learn the difference between borrow and lend. since i've moved to wisconsin i've heard even educated people make that mistake. sheesh.

by the way Raggie, i got the cookies. and they were blue! you joining my side?
 
Blue outreach.
 
I have an Uncle with his Doctorate in English and French. I spent the bulk of my childhood driving him nuts with the use of double negatives and other various mis-uses of the language. On purpose, I might add. It was fun. I've only heard him swear once. The Christmas he made the mistake of drinking wine made by his brother. I was an enjoyable evening..
 
AHH! This is a favorite pet peeve in our household as well. I've seen the misuse of this phrase in books by well-known authors, even.
 
Hmmm...

Expecially
Expresso
Heard them overtalking

Ugh
 
irregardless...

I hate that word! Thanks for the public service message...
 
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