I can't hold back this rage inside me any longer... I must express my hatred towards two phrases that don't make any sense. Random? Yes. A waste of time? Yes. Also a waste of forum space? Yes. Worth it? Who cares.
could care less
It's supposed to mean the same as couldn't care less, but NAY, it doesn't!
See, "could" and "couldn't" are the exact opposite in meaning. The phrase supposedly means I don't care at all, so I literally can't care any less. If, however, you add logic to the mix, you get It's possible to care less, because I do care somewhat.
Yet the phrase is widely accepted as meaning the same thing as couldn't care less! Pfft!
all but... [dead, gone, insane, etc]
If you think about it, using he's all but dead as an example, this should logically mean He's so far from death that he could be everything else, and he still wouldn't be dead. BUT NAY!!! It means He's completely dead but/except for one thing.
I've found myself naturally using all but to mean everything but. This is the simpler and more logical way to use it, so why isn't it used this way?!?!?!
The "but" should be emphasized!
Now, you might say, "Aha, my good T-Froggian, but these are only phrases! They are not meant to make sense! They are just meant to be used for their illogical meanings!"
To that I would say, "Aha, my good *insert name here*, but the reason I am not fine with that is that I find myself interpreting these phrases to mean what they actually mean, not what some drunkard back in the 1500s proclaimed them to mean (see Phrase #2)! If I hear someone saying they could care less, my first impression would be that they do care! If I hear someone saying they're all but a genius, I'll think they're quite the modest fellow!"
If you, too, feel the need to speak out against the usage of these and/or other phrases, please do so!