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International Post-a-Poll day. [Nov. 7th, 2006|09:14 am]
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easterbunny has declared today to be International Post-a-Poll day, and so I am obliging.

Also, London people: have any of you got a power sander I could borrow?Juliet is the source of all things DIY.

N.B. livejournal still isn't sending out comment notifications.



The questions in the following poll are presented in alphabetical order. Please answer for the general case, not the occasional exception.

Which of these numbers of things could be described as "a couple"?

1
0(0.0%)
2
41(67.2%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Which of these numbers of things could be described as "a few"?

1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
8(13.3%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(1.7%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Which of these numbers of things could be described as "several"?

1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(1.7%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
1(1.7%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How fluent in English do you consider yourself to be?

As fluent as a native speaker.
55(91.7%)
Pretty good, though people can tell it's not my first language.
3(5.0%)
I can get by, but I'd not go as far as "pretty good".
1(1.7%)
Other.
1(1.7%)

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[User Picture]From: vashti
2006-11-08 03:03 am (UTC)
Nooooo, these are absolutes!

A couple is two. A few is five. And "several" is technically seven, but in practice seven and up. These are *basic linguistic principles*. *froth*
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[User Picture]From: imc
2006-11-08 11:39 am (UTC)
I can't tell whether you are joking or not, but I can find no evidence that "few" means "five" or that "several" means "seven".
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-11-08 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm curious too. Where does this come from?
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From: vyvyan
2006-11-12 02:28 pm (UTC)
What a strange idea. For "couple" I can understand this definition, but for "a few" and "several" there's no etymological link (or evidence of conventional usage) connecting them with 5 and 7 respectively. If these are "basic linguistic principles" they're very well-hidden ones, speaking as an academic linguist. But maybe you were joking :-)
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