September 01, 2017

Letters to the Editors

To the Editors:

I hesitate to point out what may be a simple typo in the otherwise awesome “Survival Russian” (July/August 2017), but I want to make sure that your Russian readers are aware that a good translation of Плевать мна на их сплетин could be “I couldn’t care less,” not “I could care less.”

This error is a common one, but “could care less” indicates some amount of care. If you ever catch yourself accidentally uttering “I could care less,” I recommend that you follow it up with a modifier: “I could care less -- but not much.”

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