Wednesday, April 1, 2009

For the Love of Facebook - I Couldn't Care Less

Take this quiz to find out which male celebrity would best suite you.

A man who could careless...but still looks good, of course!

The word could is a modal verb and a modal verb always modifies a main verb. The word careless is an adjective not a verb. For this reason, I'm sure that the writer of this quiz intended to use the two separate words "care" and "less" with the modal verb could modifying the main verb care.

A man who could care less...but still looks good, of course!

By the way, "could care less" is an idiom that indicates a lack of interest in something. Of course, it should be noted that this idiom originated, and makes much more sense semantically, as "couldn't care less." Think of it this way - if someone "could care less" it means that they do care to at least some extent whereas if someone "couldn't care less" it means that it would be impossible to care less because they do not care at all.

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I know that Facebook quizzes do not suite me because they are filled with so many errors that they make my head spin - punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization...the list goes on and on.

8 comments:

The Punctuator said...

Very appropriate to post about Facebook on April Fool's Day.

Laura Payne said...

Thank you for noticing.

Erin Davis said...

"I could care less" as an idiom does not suite me at all! Of course, it's better than someone who could careless...

Laura Payne said...

You crack me up Erin. Thank you for continuing to read and comment. You are so suite.

Carlos said...

LOL! What the hell is becoming of our fine language? The internet and pop culture is destroying it I tell ya'!

I'm hooked on your blog, by the way!

Laura Payne said...

Thank you Carlos...and I am hooked on your comments.

Sandafluffoid said...

The first time I ran across "could care less" was in the script of a play called "The Actor's Nightmare", the play was set in America, but the central character was far more believable when he was played British, it saved me trying to attempt an accent, but I digress. I simply could not get my head around the phrasing, I thought there was a joke I was missing. It wasn't until months later that I found out that the negative mood has disappeared from this idiom in America. If there is a point to this comment it is that, here in Britain at least, the far more sensical "couldn't care less" is still used, with no signs of changing.

Wordacious said...

Glad to hear it Sandafluffoid.

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