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Could[n't] Care Less

By: Miss Marm

It's 101 degrees in New York today. Perhaps a plunge into the icy waters of grammar will cool us down! Here's a great email from sligers118:

This isn't exactly having my grammar corrected in an essay, but I just had a small question I was wondering if you'd maybe like to clarify for me. I'm not sure it even counts as grammar but... it's been niggling at me for a while, and I'd love a definitive answer.

So, I'm English and I'm not usually bothered by differences between English and American colloquialisms, but I've seen this in quite a few books and movies and it just doesn't seem to make sense. I'm talking about the distinction between "couldn't care less" and "could care less." To me, it seems like this:

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Spelling Debate, Y'All

By: Miss Marm

Today, my fellow editors and I had a heated discussion about the correct spelling of "y'all." (Side note: I have no problem with "y'all," "youse," "you guys," etc. Most languages have separate words for the singular and plural form of "you"; English doesn't, and it feels weird, so we make regional ad hoc versions.)

One editor said he spells it "ya'll." He's from the South, so I'm inclined to respect his opinion. On the other hand, this is the same guy who mentioned "crispie crème" donuts in an email today (leading Emily to exclaim, "It's Krispiey Kreme!!!!!!!!!" [yes, these are the important issues we're working on all day at SparkNotes]).

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