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I have a theory. . . (more, naturally) (archive)

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Posted by FLDavid on September 15, 2000 at 17:12:21:

In Reply to: Why do so many people today say 'I could care posted by Paul E on September 15, 2000 at 16:12:44:

Being a college English instructor and a working copy editor, this is one of my pet peeves. And, of course, I have a theory about it; to wit, people say "could care less" when they mean the opposite because (a) they're lazy; (b) "could care less" is a contraction of the contraction "couldn't &c" [try holding your nose and saying "couldn't"--can't do it]; and (c) ignorance: they don't even realize that they're making a mistake and refuse to be "corrected" about it because the level of discourse in this country had gone down the tubes because people don't read anymore. They watch wrestling and Jerry Springer on TV and think that those people and programs are to be emulated. Evidence? Just look at some of the postings on this and virtually any other forum. This is why anyone who can put more than six words together can virtually write his or her own ticket because there is zero competition. I have had recent high school graduates in my basic freshman composition classes who could not even read their own diplomas--and, of course, they say that they "could care less."

End of diatribe.


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