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The modern colloquial expression I couldn't care less dates from the 1940s (OED: the first example is of a book title). More recent is the AmE expression I could care less, which has more or less the same meaning (My ordeal was over and I could care less what he did now). The stress pattern is different: normally on couldn't in the first and on the pronoun I in the second, which suggests an awareness of the switch and in some measure accounts for the synonymy of two apparently opposite constructions.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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