Thursday, August 26, 2010

Consequences of a Fiercely Mono-lingual Society

For years, my closest friends have made fun of one of my verbal pet peeves - my constant correction of the phrase "could care less" to "COULDN'T care less." Think about it. If you could care less, YOU CARE! If, for example, Danielle Staub (Real Housewives of NJ) is starting a "it costs a lot to look this trashy" clothing line, you'll hear me say that "I couldn't care less." (Because, of course, after the lovely producers at Bravo had decided they were through with her shenanigans, she will no longer be polluting one of my favorite guilty- pleasure shows. As her 15 minutes appear to be up, I no longer give a rats... oh you get it.)

It seems this, and other misused phrases, have finally irked an editor at Yahoo!News because they attempted to give a nation-wide English lesson via their latest article "24 Things You Might Be Saying Wrong." (Click on the title to read it.)

All I can say is THANK YOU! and FINALLY!

If we insist on being a culture that refuses to go bi-lingual, we should at least be speaking the one language we do speak correctly. Now, if we all just embraced other tongues, maybe the global, English-speaking community would cut us some slack on our cultural verbal faux pas. If we're trying to juggle a few extra balls (read: words from another language we're not as familiar with), dropping one here and there is quite excusable.

Until then - speak correctly. I could care less!

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