Spoken to me the other night: "It ceases to amaze me how .." "It ceases to amaze ...?" I asked in a manner suggesting that I hadn't heard the rest of the sentence, but really I asked because I wanted to know whether the omission of "never" would be repeated, even after the feedback from me. It was.
Google returns over 4,000 hits for
"ceases to amaze" -"never ceases"
Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?
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Spoken to me the other night: "It ceases to amaze me how .." "It ceases to amaze ...?" I asked ... 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases" Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?

Why?
Or do you mean they are not saying what they mean?

The two are quite different in meaning.

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Spoken to me the other night: "It ceases to amaze me how .." "It ceases to amaze ...?" I asked ... 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases" Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?

I wonder if this person's parents also use that phrase. My wife, two of her sisters and, for some reason, one brother-in-law use the phrase "sort of speak" instead of "so to speak." My wife's dad says it the same way.
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Ian.
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Spoken to me the other night: "It ceases to amaze me how .." "It ceases to amaze ...?" I asked ... 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases" Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?

Not on my account. I hadn't heard it before but would view it as an expression that sums up the philosophy of the "News of the Weird" writer who periodically retires categories as they are no longer infrequent enough to be weird.
In my case, I would say it ceases to amaze me that there are still a few things that never cease to amaze me.
And it never ceases to amaze me that there are things that cease to amaze me.

John "Amazing" Dean
Oxford
Spoken to me the other night: "It ceases to amaze me how .." "It ceases to amaze ...?" I asked ... 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases" Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?

It's not quite proportional, though, is it? The fact that there are 234,000 Google hits for "never ceases to amaze" indicates that the other form is merely a modestly widespread misapprehension.

On the other hand,
"I could care less" - 248,000 hits
"I couldn't care less" - 141,000 hits
Even assuming that there are (apparently many) discussions of the "could care less" phrase, the raw numbers elevate it to a much more common reformulation.

rzed
Google returns over 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases"

However, the estimated counts on that type of search seem less reliable than on others; sometimes searches for A -B produce higher estimates than for A alone. This would be a more reliable comparison:

"it never ceases to amaze" 102,000
"it ceases to amaze" 905

Mark Brader, Toronto, (Email Removed)
"A system which depends upon the secrecy of its algorithm is effectively a single-key code." William Brown II
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... My wife, two of her sisters and, for some reason, one brother-in-law use the phrase "sort of speak" instead of "so to speak." My wife's dad says it the same way.

this one's in the eggcorn database already:
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net /
(under: so to speak >> sort of speak)
arnold
Google returns over 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases" Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?

'Could care less' could at least be construed as ironical.
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Google returns over 4,000 hits for "ceases to amaze" -"never ceases" Shall we add this one to "I could care less" and "irregardless"?

'Could care less' could at least be construed as ironical.

But then so could this one.
'Could care less' also may be effective in a 'could care less (but not less than that)' way.

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