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J. Alexandre

Joined: May 24, 2013
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Same difference

May 24, 2013

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@Warsaw Will -- Thanks for that great article on the phrase, too! It is, as you described, level-headed and I think brings up very interesting points on the matter.

J. Alexandre May 28, 2013, 3:48pm

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@dave Yes, I most certainly despise that phrase! As David Storey pointed out, it is plain grammatically incorrect to me. I do use the phrase, "I couldn't care less," as I think the idea behind the phrase is that one has reached the absolute zero of their level of caring, so it cannot be any less than that. To me, "could care less" implies the speaker cares a bit more than not at all, and they could still drop to absolute zero in caring but have not yet.

J. Alexandre May 28, 2013, 3:45pm

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I appreciate the response, Will, and while I don't disagree that it's efficient (like you said, it's only two words) I suppose I take most offense with the words themselves, 'Same' and 'Difference',which to my ear sound oxymoronic.

The Longman Dictionary example you provided does highlight it's best application to me, but it still sounds off.I guess the most I can do is be dissatisfied with its saturation, but I appreciate you clearing it up for me.

J. Alexandre May 24, 2013, 7:04pm

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