I Don’t Care To

June 26th, 2012

I had prepared myself for some language quirks when we moved to the country.  I fully expected people to say things like “ya’ll” and “yonder” in everyday conversation.  But there’s one phrase that has me completely baffled.

If I said to you — “I don’t care to go to a movie tonight” — would you start checking show times and making plans?

No, you would not.  Because that particular phrase clearly implies a negative feeling toward the suggestion.  The speakers “does not care” to go to the movie.  Meaning, they don’t want to go.


Around these parts, the phase – “I don’t care to” – actually means – “Sure, I don’t mind doing whatever it is you just suggested.”

I am mystified, ya’ll.  Mystified.

4 responses to “I Don’t Care To”

  1. Linguistically Challenged says:

    I have a question on breaking down the language barrier.

    What if someone said, “I don’t not care to go to no movies with no one?” What does that mean?

  2. Mandi says:

    Funny! By the way… the proper spelling is “y’all”…a contraction of ‘you’ and ‘all’… since not I’m a proper Texan and everything…

    Love you! 😉

  3. Melissa says:

    LOL! I know when Josh and I say that it drives Aunt Joyce absolutely nuts! Welcome to the south :-)

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