Pet Peeve of the Week: It's 'I Couldn't Care Less'!

For those of you who know me, you will know that I'm a bit of an English language pedant, but only to my close friends, family, and coworkers. I don't go around in public correcting people I don't really care about, because it's kind of rude. But, I think my little-read blog is okay, right? So, I'm going to start occasionally posting some of my pet peeves for a laugh. I don't take it too seriously, and neither should you if you happen to read a post where I'm berating you for some common grammar or language crime.

So, let's set the record straight. The expression goes, "I couldn't care less", not "I could care less". The whole idea is to convey that you don't care at all. If you could care less, then that means you do care to some degree. If you absolutely could not care less, then that means you don't care at all, because you can't care less than zero. The first result for a Google search of "I couldn't care less" is a FAQ. The second is Grammar Girl. They seem to agree.

I'm not overly excited to see what kind of feedback I've invited now that I've put it out there that I'm somewhat pedantic about English. I'm sure my blog is strewn with many errors, as I'm not a professional writer, and don't have an editor. Should be fun.