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Could or Couldn't care less

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Re: Could or Couldn't care less

Postby Jowen » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:51 am

You are right, Kim, it is a saying that has been changed, without the speaker thinking about what is being said. It's like American spellings change English, as do shortened words in e-mail and text talk. Language is being changed every day. I read somewhere, in an article written by some despairing person, that eventually everyone will have reverted to the grunts and gestures of cave people. :roll:

However, characters don't always have to talk proper ;) so it's sometimes okay to have them say thoughtless or very bad English. Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" is an example.
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Re: Could or Couldn't care less

Postby TexasAngela » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:52 am

I can't believe that this is even a debate. :roll:

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Re: Could or Couldn't care less

Postby DrG2 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:16 pm

Some idioms do change over time to take a non-literal meaning (I don't think this is one of them).

I've been told that "you have another thing coming" is always a mistake and that it should "you have another think coming". It is often proceeded by "If you think that . . ." so I'm not really sure.

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