Is it 'I Could Care Less' or 'I Couldn't Care Less'?

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If you don't care about something, do you say "I couldn't care less" or "I could care less"? The logical choice is "I couldn't care less"—but our research suggests that "I could care less" may be the earlier phrase. What's a careful speaker to do? Editor Kory Stamper draws us a flowchart, then explains how to avoid consulting it.

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