As in the colorful expression "I don't give a rat's ass." The origin of this phrase is unknown. Perhaps it came from "I don't have a care in the world," which is an interesting use of the word care, which is usually a verb. A more mild version is "I don't give a flip." Also "I don't give a shit." Most people don't give their shit to anyone except doctors, and even then only when explicitly asked for. Giving a flying fuck would be rather difficult even if you were equiped with a twin-person hang glider. The weight shifts would probably send you out of control.

When the term was first coined, presumably a rat's ass was the least valuable thing that the speaker could possibly imagine. If the subject of a sentence doesn't even "give a rat's ass" about something, the implication is that he or she certainly wouldn't give more valuable things, such as concern, or a second thought to the object of the sentence. Thus if I were to say, "I don't give a rat's ass about what she thinks", what I really mean is that her thoughts are absolutely worthless to me, and I wouldn't be willing to trade a rat's ass in exchange for knowledge of her thoughts, or any chance to talk to her and attempt to change her thoughts.

There is some debate as to whether a shit might be more worthless than a rat's ass. However, it is generally contended that a flying fuck is not real in even a metaphorical sense; my conclusion is that by saying "I don't give a flying fuck", the implied meaning is "I don't even care enough to make a coherent sentence regarding the topic."

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