Am I the only one?

May 20, 2008

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…who doesn’t watch American Idol?

And regarding syntax, which option is the one you use?

1. I could care less.
or
2. I couldn’t care less.

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LJ April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I haven’t watched since season 3, I don’t think. Once they chose bad singers for the top 10, I was like, fuck this.And I know grammatically, it should be couldn’t, but from my mouth, I say could.

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annacyclopedia April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Lori, you probably already know this, but you are not alone. I know it is hard to feel so isolated, but please know that there are many others out there like you and me and the other commenters who don’t watch American Idol. I hope having this community is a support for you and helps you feel heard and understood – we’re right here with you, not watching. {{hugs}}p.s. I don’t think I really say either one very often, but I probably would prefer “couldn’t” over “could.”

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My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I could care less about American Idol (Or Canadian Idol for that matter!)Does that answer both questions?

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luna April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I don’t watch it either, and could not care less about it. though sometimes it feels like I’m the only one. (if you *could* care less, I think that means you care a little?)

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Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

You know — I just can’t take the nastiness of that show — and not just that show — but there’s something about people putting their dream out there and then getting torn to pieces — it’s all so…so…gladiator-ish…I avoid the ‘reality tv’ thing in general. I used to watch ‘The Biggest Loser’ occasionally if it was on and I was alone — but even that got to the point where people were encouraged to value the individual over the whole…I will watch reality in the form of ‘Intervention’ on A & E — which I find incredibly moving and awful — My MIL LOVES it though — and is devoted to DWTS too — she also, though, is the sort who told a story about how when G was a little boy and they frequented a feed store in town — and one of the sons of the owner was mentally challenged — that they would always go in and afterwards walk out with little G. and they would giggle conspiratorally about him. It HORRIFIED me.I just hate anything that could be construed as mean-spirited. I’m sensitive that way.BOY this was a long-winded response…xooxo

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Tracy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Well, obviously you aren’t the only one…but you may be one of the few. :) I prefer “I couldn’t care less.” I use that phrase when I absolutely do NOT care. So if I don’t care, I could not care less than I already do…I could care more, but not less. If I said “I could care less” I am saying that I do care at least a little bit, else I wouldn’t even be able to care less. But I really couldn’t care less about which one others use…but I do hate it when people say “irregardless.”

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Mrs.X April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Nope. I don’t watch it. I do have to confess that I did watch the very first season, but after Sideshow Bob, I mean Justin Guarini, made it into the top two, I knew the American public didn’t share my opinion on what makes a good singer. My only reality TV these days is Project Runway (fierce!).As for syntax. Hmmm. I couldn’t care less is my favorite. It pretty much says it all.

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The Casual Perfectionist April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

*gasp*I thought <>I<> was the only one who just started watching this season. I thought everyone else was already doing it! ;) One of my sisters has been trying for years to get me to watch it, and I’ve been strong…up to this point. Claire saw part of an episode when we were flipping through live TV one day (which we never do anymore because of TiVO), and she LOVED it. So, I had TiVO record them and now I’m hooked.I was weak.Don’t make my mistake!Run as fast as you can!Or better yet…<>join us<>.Just kidding. ;)

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LJ April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I haven’t watched since season 3, I don’t think. Once they chose bad singers for the top 10, I was like, fuck this.And I know grammatically, it should be couldn’t, but from my mouth, I say could.

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annacyclopedia April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Lori, you probably already know this, but you are not alone. I know it is hard to feel so isolated, but please know that there are many others out there like you and me and the other commenters who don’t watch American Idol. I hope having this community is a support for you and helps you feel heard and understood – we’re right here with you, not watching. {{hugs}}p.s. I don’t think I really say either one very often, but I probably would prefer “couldn’t” over “could.”

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My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I could care less about American Idol (Or Canadian Idol for that matter!)Does that answer both questions?

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luna April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I don’t watch it either, and could not care less about it. though sometimes it feels like I’m the only one. (if you *could* care less, I think that means you care a little?)

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Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

You know — I just can’t take the nastiness of that show — and not just that show — but there’s something about people putting their dream out there and then getting torn to pieces — it’s all so…so…gladiator-ish…I avoid the ‘reality tv’ thing in general. I used to watch ‘The Biggest Loser’ occasionally if it was on and I was alone — but even that got to the point where people were encouraged to value the individual over the whole…I will watch reality in the form of ‘Intervention’ on A & E — which I find incredibly moving and awful — My MIL LOVES it though — and is devoted to DWTS too — she also, though, is the sort who told a story about how when G was a little boy and they frequented a feed store in town — and one of the sons of the owner was mentally challenged — that they would always go in and afterwards walk out with little G. and they would giggle conspiratorally about him. It HORRIFIED me.I just hate anything that could be construed as mean-spirited. I’m sensitive that way.BOY this was a long-winded response…xooxo

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Tracy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Well, obviously you aren’t the only one…but you may be one of the few. :) I prefer “I couldn’t care less.” I use that phrase when I absolutely do NOT care. So if I don’t care, I could not care less than I already do…I could care more, but not less. If I said “I could care less” I am saying that I do care at least a little bit, else I wouldn’t even be able to care less. But I really couldn’t care less about which one others use…but I do hate it when people say “irregardless.”

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Mrs.X April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Nope. I don’t watch it. I do have to confess that I did watch the very first season, but after Sideshow Bob, I mean Justin Guarini, made it into the top two, I knew the American public didn’t share my opinion on what makes a good singer. My only reality TV these days is Project Runway (fierce!).As for syntax. Hmmm. I couldn’t care less is my favorite. It pretty much says it all.

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The Casual Perfectionist April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

*gasp*I thought <>I<> was the only one who just started watching this season. I thought everyone else was already doing it! ;) One of my sisters has been trying for years to get me to watch it, and I’ve been strong…up to this point. Claire saw part of an episode when we were flipping through live TV one day (which we never do anymore because of TiVO), and she LOVED it. So, I had TiVO record them and now I’m hooked.I was weak.Don’t make my mistake!Run as fast as you can!Or better yet…<>join us<>.Just kidding. ;)

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Waiting Amy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I haven’t watched Idol in ages. I did catch one or two episodes this season since the strike and things have ruined the schedules. I still don’t care about the winner though.I would go with … “I could care less.”

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I couldn’t care less about AI. Another funny turn of phrase confused me when I lived in East Tennessee. Over there, when they say “I don’t care to [do something]“, they mean what we middle Tennesseans mean when we say “I don’t mind [doing something].” A girl in grad school once said, when I was having car trouble, “I don’t care to take you home.” I thought she was politely declining to help me out.

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Spicy Sister April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

don’t watch it and couldn’t care less about it! :) (Denise’s explanation of the difference between the two phrases was spot on – “I “couldn’t” care less” is what people are trying to say.)However…..confession: I do watch Dancing With the Stars. Because my hubbie used to do professional swing dancing and taught classes in swing and merengue – so we like to watch the dancing moves, it motivates us to start going out dancing again or take a new class.

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ourboysourlives April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I too could care less for American Idol

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Denise April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I actually watched bits and pieces of every season and I think this season has been the most boring of all.It used to be a pet peeve of mine that people say “I could care less,” because they really MEAN “I COULDN’T care less.” If you use “could” it means that you do care, which is not what people usually mean when they say this. But SO many people use “could” that I’ve had to get over it, or my head would have exploded a long time ago.

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Waiting Amy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I haven’t watched Idol in ages. I did catch one or two episodes this season since the strike and things have ruined the schedules. I still don’t care about the winner though.I would go with … “I could care less.”

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I couldn’t care less about AI. Another funny turn of phrase confused me when I lived in East Tennessee. Over there, when they say “I don’t care to [do something]“, they mean what we middle Tennesseans mean when we say “I don’t mind [doing something].” A girl in grad school once said, when I was having car trouble, “I don’t care to take you home.” I thought she was politely declining to help me out.

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Spicy Sister April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

don’t watch it and couldn’t care less about it! :) (Denise’s explanation of the difference between the two phrases was spot on – “I “couldn’t” care less” is what people are trying to say.)However…..confession: I do watch Dancing With the Stars. Because my hubbie used to do professional swing dancing and taught classes in swing and merengue – so we like to watch the dancing moves, it motivates us to start going out dancing again or take a new class.

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ourboysourlives April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I too could care less for American Idol

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Denise April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I actually watched bits and pieces of every season and I think this season has been the most boring of all.It used to be a pet peeve of mine that people say “I could care less,” because they really MEAN “I COULDN’T care less.” If you use “could” it means that you do care, which is not what people usually mean when they say this. But SO many people use “could” that I’ve had to get over it, or my head would have exploded a long time ago.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I thought it was just me. I watched one episode. I just don’t know when it’s on and then I don’t remember to look it up. But I like reading about it in People Magazine.

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loribeth April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Couldn’t care less about AI either, or most reality TV. I watched part of one season, the one where Fantasia won — one of my friends at work was watching so I tuned in the last few episodes to be able to talk with her about it. The one thing about AI or Dancing With the Stars is they do involve some modicum of talent. So many reality shows (Survivor, etc.) are so totally contrived, I absolutely can’t stand to watch.

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Miss Tori April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I couldn’t care less about DWTS, and I LOVE AI! David Cook rocks!!!Gonna turn my Bunco party tonight into an AI party! :-) heheHow about the use of double negatives. That gets to me. “I don’t want no stinkin’ roast beef!”Tori

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m with Denise . . . couldn’t care less . . is the phrase and it is also true for me about American Idol. Once in awhile I will catch it and enjoy it, but the only thing on my must see list is Battlestar Gallactica, but only because it is all I’ve got for sci fi.

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beagle April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I confess . . . I watch . . . I hope you still like me (smiles sheepishly)I don’t really care which one wins though.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I thought it was just me. I watched one episode. I just don’t know when it’s on and then I don’t remember to look it up. But I like reading about it in People Magazine.

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loribeth April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Couldn’t care less about AI either, or most reality TV. I watched part of one season, the one where Fantasia won — one of my friends at work was watching so I tuned in the last few episodes to be able to talk with her about it. The one thing about AI or Dancing With the Stars is they do involve some modicum of talent. So many reality shows (Survivor, etc.) are so totally contrived, I absolutely can’t stand to watch.

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Miss Tori April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I couldn’t care less about DWTS, and I LOVE AI! David Cook rocks!!!Gonna turn my Bunco party tonight into an AI party! :-) heheHow about the use of double negatives. That gets to me. “I don’t want no stinkin’ roast beef!”Tori

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m with Denise . . . couldn’t care less . . is the phrase and it is also true for me about American Idol. Once in awhile I will catch it and enjoy it, but the only thing on my must see list is Battlestar Gallactica, but only because it is all I’ve got for sci fi.

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beagle April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I confess . . . I watch . . . I hope you still like me (smiles sheepishly)I don’t really care which one wins though.

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Missy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I thought I was the last person in the world to start watching it. And it so annoys me when people say ‘I could care less.’ It’s I COULDN’T care less. Arrrgh!

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Malathionman April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Maybe if they had the all 80s judging pannel. Lose Simon. Randy and Paula qualify. How about Adam Ant or Thomas Dolby?

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m not watching and I couldnt’ care less.

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Missy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I thought I was the last person in the world to start watching it. And it so annoys me when people say ‘I could care less.’ It’s I COULDN’T care less. Arrrgh!

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Malathionman April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Maybe if they had the all 80s judging pannel. Lose Simon. Randy and Paula qualify. How about Adam Ant or Thomas Dolby?

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m not watching and I couldnt’ care less.

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niobe April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Um, what’s American Idol?By which I mean, you are far from the only one. In fact, I’ve never understood how people have the time and energy to watch tv.

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Geohde April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’ve never heard of anybody using ‘I *could* care less’ outside of the Northern America. It always strikes me as a challenge ‘I could care less….make me!’ rather than (what I assume is intended) ‘I couldn’t care less’.Oh, and I watch AI,J

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niobe April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Um, what’s American Idol?By which I mean, you are far from the only one. In fact, I’ve never understood how people have the time and energy to watch tv.

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Geohde April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’ve never heard of anybody using ‘I *could* care less’ outside of the Northern America. It always strikes me as a challenge ‘I could care less….make me!’ rather than (what I assume is intended) ‘I couldn’t care less’.Oh, and I watch AI,J

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Pamela April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m in the don’t watch camp. Tudors? yes. John Adams? yes. okay I’m not a total TV snob. Survivor? yes.

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Lavender Luz April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

CP — I have a sudden urge to join the Ryan Secrest Fan Club.Tracey — true dat on the “irregardloess”!Anna — know where I can find a 12-step program to assist with my lack of addiciton? Am I an apath-aholic?Furrow — I wasn’t aware of that colloquialism. Could cause mucho confusion.Beagle — my love for you is much deeper.Miss Tori — I bet you’re happy today.MM — you’re on to something…add Til Tuesday into the mix.

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Pamela April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m in the don’t watch camp. Tudors? yes. John Adams? yes. okay I’m not a total TV snob. Survivor? yes.

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Lavender Luz April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

CP — I have a sudden urge to join the Ryan Secrest Fan Club.Tracey — true dat on the “irregardloess”!Anna — know where I can find a 12-step program to assist with my lack of addiciton? Am I an apath-aholic?Furrow — I wasn’t aware of that colloquialism. Could cause mucho confusion.Beagle — my love for you is much deeper.Miss Tori — I bet you’re happy today.MM — you’re on to something…add Til Tuesday into the mix.

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Suzanna Catherine April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Nope. Don’t watch, never have. My impression of AI, from reading little snippets about it, is that the judges are not just critical, but cruel and unkind. That sort of thing makes me cringe.I do have a bit of reality TV in my life. My personal favorites are Dirty Jobs and The Deadliest Catch. That might be because I do LOVE Mike Rowe — the “star” of Dirty Jobs and the voice of The Deadliest Catch.I always say “I COULDN’T care less” rather than “COULD”. The use of “irregardless” makes my skin crawl! :)

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abebech April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

After much teasing from my husband, I now say “I couldn’t care less.” I take “I could care less” as shorthand for “I could care less . . . but I would really have to try.” (It does seem rather geographically limited in its use.)

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Suzanna Catherine April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Nope. Don’t watch, never have. My impression of AI, from reading little snippets about it, is that the judges are not just critical, but cruel and unkind. That sort of thing makes me cringe.I do have a bit of reality TV in my life. My personal favorites are Dirty Jobs and The Deadliest Catch. That might be because I do LOVE Mike Rowe — the “star” of Dirty Jobs and the voice of The Deadliest Catch.I always say “I COULDN’T care less” rather than “COULD”. The use of “irregardless” makes my skin crawl! :)

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abebech April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

After much teasing from my husband, I now say “I couldn’t care less.” I take “I could care less” as shorthand for “I could care less . . . but I would really have to try.” (It does seem rather geographically limited in its use.)

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