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.