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    Question I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    Phoebe: So, how are things going with crazy? Has she cooked your rabbit yet?
    Ross: Listen, you are hearing one side of the story, okayand F.Y.I she mustve shown Kyle over 30 paint samples before she painted that room! And his response to each one was, "I dont give a tiny rats ass."
    Phoebe: Yeah well, maybe she shouldve spent a little less time decorating and a little more time in the bedroom.


    In the conversation above,what does "I dont give a tiny rats ass." mean?

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    Quote Originally Posted by leo.yin View Post
    Phoebe: So, how are things going with crazy? Has she cooked your rabbit yet?
    Ross: Listen, you are hearing one side of the story, okayand F.Y.I she mustve shown Kyle over 30 paint samples before she painted that room! And his response to each one was, "I dont give a tiny rats ass."
    Phoebe: Yeah well, maybe she shouldve spent a little less time decorating and a little more time in the bedroom.


    In the conversation above,what does "I dont give a tiny rats ass." mean?
    I don't give a tiny rat's ass = I don't care at all.

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    Something of the smallest possible importance. The normal idiom doesn't specify the size of the rat, but this one is so unimportant that it's tiny.

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Something of the smallest possible importance. The normal idiom doesn't specify the size of the rat, but this one is so unimportant that it's tiny.

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    Nicely said, Bob.

    There must be different idioms with the same meaning:

    I don't give a shit.

    can you guys think of any other?

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    How are things going with crazy? Is this sounding Ok? what parts of speech is crazy?

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Nicely said, Bob.

    There must be different idioms with the same meaning:

    I don't give a shit.

    can you guys think of any other?
    I don't give a toss. ......|These two are quite informal, and indeed quite
    I don't give a monkey's. |coarse
    I don't give two hoots.
    Rather more formally, even possibly archaic by now, and rarely (if ever) used in the first person - 'he cares not a jot'.
    There are probably more...

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    How are things going with crazy? Is this sounding Ok? what parts of speech is crazy?
    It sounds odd; but the reference to cooking his rabbit suggests that it should be 'Crazy' - a name for the new girl-friend.

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    With various degrees of profanity:

    I don't give a...

    jot, whit, crumb, cromb, hoot, rip,fig
    damn, shit, f---, flying f---, flying hoot
    dub, dubstep,stuff,shift,clam,toss,crap
    rat's ass,bullpuck
    daimler
    one red cent, continental, soiled dollar
    broken link
    messed up jesus h. christ,tootin' palootie
    spermatozoa, flying fir cone
    blank, blinkety-blank, double blank, flying blank, blanked son of a blank

    PS all found in a lazy web search.

    PPS. And then there are the "I don't give IT a..." phrases.
    snowball's chance in hell, etc.
    Last edited by abaka; 22-Jan-2009 at 16:25.

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    With various degrees of profanity:

    I don't give a...

    jot, whit, crumb, cromb, hoot, rip,fig
    damn, shit, f---, flying f---, flying hoot
    dub, dubstep,stuff,shift,clam,toss,crap
    rat's ass,bullpuck
    daimler
    one red cent, continental, soiled dollar
    broken link
    messed up jesus h. christ,tootin' palootie
    spermatozoa, flying fir cone
    blank, blinkety-blank, double blank, flying blank, blanked son of a blank

    PS all found in a lazy web search.

    ...
    Two more to add to the list: 'tinker's dam' and - a bowdlerized version, possibly* based on a misunderstanding of 'dam' in this context (a little piece of metal used to repair a pot) - 'tinker's cuss'.

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    *nobody's sure; some say it was 'damn' to start with

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    Re: I dont give a tiny rats ass.

    I saved the above things.. :D:D:D:D

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