The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

I do care. A lot.*

I think y’all are confused—a whole lot of y’all, especially newscasters, radio announcers, political pundits, and pretty much anyone with national airtime. I hear, over and over again, that y’all “could care less” about a given subject.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe you’re intending to convey that you care about said subject not even a tiny bit. Not one iota. Ni un poquito. Am I right about that? I am? Excellent.

The next time you want to tell the world that you don’t give a damn about chicken sandwiches (or some other political/moral/religious hot topic), please remember to say, “I couldn’t care less.” 

See, if you COULD care less, then there’s still some part of you, no matter how big or small, that does actually care. On your personal give-a-damn meter, if your arrow is pointing at any amount of caring that’s greater than zero, then you actually could care less. Even if you only care at a one, that’s still more than none so . . . let me illustrate:

See . . . I do care.

And, as shown by The Grammar Belle’s Give-a-Damn Meter, when you care ZERO about something, then you “couldn’t care less.”

On that note, thanks for stopping by for a visit. Clearly, you’re someone who could care less about good grammar. Don’t forget to send your friends—the ones who also could care less AND the ones who could benefit from this little lesson.

*TGB Bonus Content: Notice that it’s not “alot.” Just as it would not be “alittle,” “atouch,” or “ateenytinyamount.”

9 comments on “I do care. A lot.*

  1. Anthony Bartholomew
    August 9, 2012

    I like you.

  2. Stephanie
    August 18, 2012

    I couldn’t care less. 🙂

  3. Connie
    August 22, 2012

    Love it! This is one of my personal favorites. This makes me crazy when misused. We might be secretly related or something.

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  6. mamarific
    May 3, 2013

    An oldie, but a goodie! 🙂 Hope I spelled that correctly…

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This entry was posted on August 9, 2012 by in Don't Make Me Beg, Grammar Dilemmas, When Spellcheck Won't Help.

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