Alternatives to Could or Couldn’t Care Less


Yesterday I discussed the expression “I couldn’t care less,” and tried to explain the popular mutation “I could care less.” It’s a  controversial issue that gets purists a bit fired up. The truth is, even the original and more literal version is well-worn. Why not avoid the controversy by ditching the expression altogether?

Here are a few suggestions for replacement phrases:

“Did you  hear that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are having problems in their relationship?”

Ways to respond without saying “I couldn’t care less”:

  • I could not possibly care less about about that.
  • I would be shocked if anyone in the world cares less about that than I do.
  • Wait, let me see if I care about that….Nope.
  • That registers a zero on my caring scale.
  • That’s at the top of my list of things I do not care about.
  • That information did not register on my caring meter.
  • Sorry, I have used up all my caring on Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift’s relationship.
  • It’s amazing how little I care about that.
  • Yeah, that’s something I don’t care about. At all.
  • Don’t. Care.
That was fun. I bet you can come up with more! Leave them in the comments. If you care.

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  1. Will

    I didn’t even know they had one.

  2. Kayley

    I love how you used Justin Beiber and Selena Gomaz as an example:)

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko06-25-2012

      I’m glad someone appreciates my sense of humor, Kayley!

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