don’t care was made to care

Quot. 1959 gives the version of the traditional children’s rhyme found at Hackney, London.

1959 I. & P. OPIE Lore and Language of Schoolchildren iii. 50 To ‘don’t-cares’ the traditional saying is: Don’t care was made to care, Don’t care was hung, Don’t care was put in a pot And boiled till he was done.

1992 D. LESSING African Laughter 223 Look at the maize. How do we know what bugs the Portuguese brought in with maize? We don’t know! We don’t care! Well, don’t care was made to care..you ought to be able to stick a finger easily into real soil.

2001 Spectator 19 May 13 And as the crime spawned by permissiveness reaches even into the most secluded cul-de-sac, they will find that an egalitarian government is neutral between victim and offender, so that while they cannot defend themselves, there is nobody out there to protect them. Don’t care will be made to care then.


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