used by confused individuals with a poor grasp of written english.
person1:"i could care less"
person2:"my brain isn't melting"
by skunky December 27, 2005
Often mistaken for "wordcouldn't care less/word." Technically could mean "I care a great amount."
Person: I could care less.
Me: Don't you mean "I couldn't care less"?
Person: Yeah well fuck you.
by September 11, 2003
A misuse of a phrase similar to the misuse of the word irregardless. A phrase used by uneducated people intending to communicate the meaning that they do not care at all. Educated people notice and those who use this word instantly identify themselves to educated people as being uneducated. Educated people rarely correct them because it helps educated people more easily identify them if they are well groomed.
Idiot in a wife beater: "Hey woman! I'm thirsty, get me another beer!" Equally idiotic woman who lives with this man: "I could care less what you are, get your own damn beer."
by sanjac1836 July 11, 2008
to imply that it is possible to care less about something but you have not yet reached that deep level of "not giving a fucking crap" due to being forced to divert brain power to other things.
"I could care less what you think about me because I'm simply too busy to fucking deal with it right now."
by xcelsior August 8, 2005
When you don't care about something, so much so that you can't be bothered to lower your interest in the activity, as that would take more effort than you are willing to put forth.
John: I see you failed your math class?
Bob: Whatever. I could care less.

by boxboy23 November 24, 2006
(1) - n. - A mental and emotional state in which disinterest, concern, and apathy could actually increase, suggesting a sense of neutral satisfaction;

(2) - adj. - slang - Could get worse so as it is not so bad now;

(3) n and adj., used often by Americans who are sympathetic to the pro-nonsensical movement, modern-American Illiteratencia, and the Nouveau White Trash Riche.

Etymology (origin):

The expression "I could not care less" originally meant 'it would be impossible for me to care less than I do because I do not care at all.'

Originally a British saying that came to the U.S. in the 1950s when the Republican Party was growing in popularity and strength across the nation.

By the 1980s, the GOP had achieved support from wide cross-sections of the American electorate, as it's policies of Educational eradication and cultural containment were attributable to economic growth, particularly strip-mall expansion and military weaponry for phantom enemies.

Language pro-incompetency became a primary political concern for the GOP, so long as it was butchered by "legal Americans," and with no strong ties to Mexican immigrants.

It became a simple, but memorable, issue for the GOP, surpassed only by the party's timeless rally call for more "Guns" and "God" and "less Gays."

While the now-common I could care less is senseless because If you could care less, that means you care at least a little.

The original is quite sarcastic and the other form is clearly nonsense.
Which is correct: I could care less or I couldn't care less?

Ex. # 1.

"I could not care less whether you lived or died! In fact, the only thing I care about less are splattered bugs on my windshield.!"

could care less gay republican apathy disinterest not care could care less give a fuck

"I could care less whether you lived or died. Before I knew that you really were my son, I could tell you were a homo-faggot, and I could care less or not have any fewer problems whatsoever with a person's right to kill gay people!"
by progressman74 November 9, 2011
Wrong slang. It's supposed to be "I couldn't care less" - because I have no interest. "I could care less" means there is some interest.
by ninedots December 4, 2004