Don't care didn't care (idea)
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Don’t care didn’t care is a traditional [nursery rhyme], although it might better be identified as a [cautionary tale]. It is believed to have originated in [London]'s [East End], but was well-known throughout England. It is rarely included in nursery rhyme collections, and so is not well-known in America.
Don’t care didn’t care
In the mid-1800s, this rhyme was well enough recognized that [Don't Care] could be referred to as if he were a real person; the question "what happened to Don't Care?" was a common reminder to children as to why the comment 'don't care' was not just rude, but unwise. The correct response was something along the lines of "he came to a bad end".
References to Young Mister Don't Care also appear in [Punch], Volume 14: Little Lesson's for Little Statesmen (1848), [Rudyard Kipling]'s short story [Below The Mill Dam] (in [Traffics and Discoveries], 1904), [Arthur Ransome]'s [Swallows and Amazons] (1930), [Maurice Sendak]'s [Pierre (A Cautionary Tale)] (1962; not mentioned by name), and a number of other works and articles. Sadly, today's youth generally are unaware of what happened to Don't Care.