A certain phrase has been on my mental pet peeves list for a while. Every time I hear someone say it, it jars – it’s not one of those UK*/North America differences where both ways are equally valid and I just have to get used to it, because the North American version is clearly just plain WRONG!
However, for some reason I’ve never felt quite strongly enough about this issue to blog about it (not on a Tuesday, anyway).
Last week, though, I was catching up on some (very) old podcasts and found that John Cleese has already said everything I wanted to say on the matter, much more eloquently than I ever could:
(ETA: Eva pointed out that David Mitchell has had a very similar rant on this subject
Now I have something to which I can refer people who challenge and/or mock me for saying “I couldn’t care less”. I will continue to say it this way because a) I’m still British, damnit and b) it’s correct, whereas the North American way really doesn’t make any sense (sorry).
*I say UK just because I’m not 100% sure which version is used in Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland, although I suspect they all say “I couldn’t care less”.