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Could Care Less

August 2011
Spot the Error

Obviously, Pamela could care less about the unity of the organization—every action she takes is intended to divide the membership.

When someone says that she could care less, she is probably saying the opposite of what she really means. Think of it this way: On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being REALLY, REALLY cares and 1 being “talk to the hand”), a person who could care less might rate a 3 … meaning that there’s room to care less.

In the “unity” sentence above, Pamela probably rates a “0” on the “caring scale.” Therefore, Pamela couldn't care less.

~ Thank you, Julie G., for your topic suggestion.

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