Disinterested and Uninterested
From 'Vocabulary' part of The ABC Of Plain Words by Sir E Gowers (1951)

Disinterested means "unbiased by personal interest" (Oxford English Dictionary). It is sometimes used wrongly for uninterested (i.e. not interested). A Minister recently said in the course of a speech in Parliament:

I hope that [what I have said] will excuse me from the charge of being disinterested in this matter.

A public man dealing with public business can never be "charged" with being disinterested, as if it were a crime. It is his elementary duty always to be so.

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