original image via Mother Goose and Grimm/Mike Peters Website
So let me start off this week's Friday Funny with an item of note. As far as I know, there has never been an instance of two Friday Funny posts in a row about the exact same error. This wasn't done on purpose, but it certainly shows that this is an error that comes up a lot. In fact, last week's comic brought up some interesting discussions regarding how and when to correct someone else's grammar faux pas. I'm not sure that's something that can easily be determined in a "blanket statement" kind of way, outside of the old cliche of knowing your audience.
That said, this is one of those misheard/misused phrases that actually irks me a lot. And when I've tried to explain it to people in the past, they get mad at me for "ruining the spirit of the moment".
In a nutshell, it's a matter of degrees, and it reminds me of the saying, "I have no f*cks to give." If you really don't have an iota of care about the situation, the correct phrase is "couldn't care less", but if there's even a smidgeon of care, then you can use "could care less". Plus, I tend to use the former if I'm just too bored to care at that particular moment in time.