Couldn't care less
Why is this idiom now said as "I could care less"? It doesn't make sense in the context in which it is generally used. This has annoyed me for years. Thanks for any reply.
I think I've heard this criticism from George Carlin as well, but I take that it's derived from the paradigm phrase but 1) the inversion is accompanied with a sarcastic tone resulting in the contra-positive, and 2) it's elliptical for "[like] I could care less."
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