Could or couldn't care less?

ScottsEnglishScottsEnglish Administrator Posts: 1,296 admin ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
edited August 2017 in Speaking

Which is correct, "I could care less" or "I couldn't care less"?

A politician recently commented on an issue, saying, "I could care less about that situation."

Unfortunately, by saying "I could care less" he means that while that issue isn't important, there are other less important issues.

What he meant to say, and correct English usage, is "I couldn't care less", meaning that there is nothing less important to him.

We often here and read, "I could care less", but be careful in your speaking and writing to use, "I couldn't care less" to show how unimportant something is.

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