Cant be arsed rude slang is unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something primarily heard in uk i cant be arsed to clean all those dishes after dinner so ill just leave them in the sink until the morning apparently my kids cant be arsed to put their clothes into the hamper like theyre supposed to see . I cant be bothered i need to go to town but i cant be arsed i should be doing some work but i cant be arsed this is the original definition alternate saying i cant be asked apparently more polite but means ive gone deaf i dont understand the question i dont understand english. Mainly because cant be arsed is a traditional phrase and colloquialism in the uk for a long time ive seen on the internet that it dates from around 1968 in a biography about the beatles by hunter davies but thats way too late the phrase has been around much longer than that. Cant be arsed dates from at the very least 1968 where it appeared in hunter davies authorised biography of the beatles in a paul mccartney quote if they cant be arsed awaiting for me i cant be arsed going after them so i sat down and watched telly as semi vulgar slang it will have been used in speech much before first appearing in a book. Cant be arsed was the subject of graham nortons guest in the red chair this week on bbc america last week in the uk a lawyer from brazil specializing in financial services for the last 11 years in england
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