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Couldnt give a monkey's

Posted by Lewis on June 03, 2004

In Reply to: Couldnt give a monkeys posted by Bruce Kahl on June 02, 2004

: : Does anyone know the origin/meaning of the phrase
: : couldnt give a monkeys?

: Sounds like the speaker is trying to be nice and not use a "naughty" word.
: The full phrase is "Couldn't give a monkeys ass" which means "I really could care less".
: Here in the NE part of the USA I hear "Couldn't give a rat's ass".

monkey's 'toss' sanitised to 'cuss'.