LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||23/ABR/2005 7:55 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: To Alexandre (re-do for could/couldn't care...|
Thanks for your reply.
I will create a situation and use " couldn´t care less" and " could care less" IN A SARCASTIC WAY.
Fluminense , a soccer team from Rio de janeiro has just won the Rio State soccer championship. I dislike fluminense because, well, because they suck and should not exist.THe team that matters in my mind is Flamengo. Anyway the day after fluminense wins the rio state title a fluminense fan aproaches me and asks " what did you think about fluminense winning the championship?"
I would then select between two answers.
1. I couldn´t care less if fluminense won the championship. ( Não me importa em nada que o fluminense tenha vencido o campeonato). In this case i just DON´T CARE AT ALL.
Possible result= The fluminense fan is upset that i don´t care about his teams victory.
2. I Could care less that fluminense won the championship. ( Eu PODERIA me importar MENOS que o fluminense tenha vencido o campeonato). In this case I admit that i do CARE about fluminenes championship win YET i am trying to show that i DO NOT CARE AS much as what the fluminense fan expects me to care so in the future I COULD CARE LESS. ( OU SEJA JA NÃO ME IMPORTO MUITO COM O TITULO OBTIDO PELO FLUMINENSE E NO FUTURO POSSO VIR A DAR AINDA MENOS IMPORTANCIA AO TITULO DO FLUMINENSE).
Possible result= The fluminense fan is so upset about the lack of importance i give to his teams title that he shoots himself.
E DA-LHE MENGO.
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