another "could(n't) care less" variation

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 9 03:58:24 UTC 2010

I did not call it "positive"--it was actually something I wanted to
avoid. I did refer to it as "affirmative".


On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> ... But I'm not sure I'd want
> to call the form without negation (for "could care less", "give a
> shit/flying fuck about", "know diddly-squat/jackshit about")
> *positive*, unless you're just referring to surface form; they
> represent what I like to call hyponegation. ...

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