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doni49
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Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

11-07-2013 01:15 PM in reply to: doni49

Why do people say "I could care less"?  It seems like it should be "I couldn't care care less".

 

The first means that I care some because it's possible to actually care less than I do.  Whereas the second says that I care so little that it's not possible for me to care any less than I do.

 

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graemev
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Message 92 of 106 (248 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

11-07-2013 03:50 PM in reply to: doni49

Sarcasm.

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Message 93 of 106 (236 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

11-08-2013 12:59 AM in reply to: doni49

doni49 wrote:

Why do people say "I could care less"?  It seems like it should be "I couldn't care care less".

 

The first means that I care some because it's possible to actually care less than I do.  Whereas the second says that I care so little that it's not possible for me to care any less than I do.

 

:smileyhappy:


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sam_m
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Message 94 of 106 (225 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

11-08-2013 07:00 AM in reply to: doni49

Don, it IS "couldn't care less" - well, it is in the motherland.

 

I think I've already posted this somewhere on here but didn't get the rise I was expecting... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw 

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Message 95 of 106 (208 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

11-08-2013 01:18 PM in reply to: graemev
To my ears it doesn't feel like sarcasm. Maybe it is, but it strikes me as being a form of verbal laziness. I don't mean that in a bad way; all cultures have their own verbal laziness.
Take the word "butter" for example.
Here in Canada, they can't say those central "T" letters. They say them as "D" instead: "Budder".
In Ireland, they leave the "T" sound out altogether: "Bu.er"
In England, they say the "T" sound perfectly, but can't pronounce the "R" at the end: "Butteh"

Of course I'm generalizing here: many people from all areas speak very differently from each other. But generally, you get the point.


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kiraimmorris
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Registered: ‎05-16-2014
Message 96 of 106 (110 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

06-10-2014 11:30 AM in reply to: graemev

The use of silent letter that in no way make a word different if spelled without, other than being outside of the status-quo.

Why lanquages need letters that sound alike, both singularly and plural.

 

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riff62
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Message 97 of 106 (88 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

06-13-2014 09:29 AM in reply to: graemev
I found out a few minutes ago that you cant eat potato chips and sneeze at the same time...
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graemev
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Message 98 of 106 (81 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

06-13-2014 12:04 PM in reply to: riff62

riff62 wrote:
I found out a few minutes ago that you cant eat potato chips and sneeze at the same time...

Not while maintaining any dignity, no.

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riff62
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Message 99 of 106 (71 Views)

Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

06-16-2014 04:09 AM in reply to: graemev
Luckily I was alone in my office...lol...
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Re: Things that make you go, "Hmm."

06-17-2014 10:26 AM in reply to: riff62
Sadly, I know that one from experience as well.
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