April 24, 2019

XKCD Web Comic #1070: Words for Small Sets (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.

 

Just to Clear Things Up:

A Few

Anywhere From 2 to 5

A Handful

Anywhere From 2 to 5

Several

Anywhere From 2 to 5

A Couple

2 (But Sometimes Up to 5)

Hover text: If things are too quiet, try asking a couple of friends whether “a couple” should always mean “two”. As with the question of how many spaces should go after a period, it can turn acrimonious surprisingly fast unless all three of them agree.

 

Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

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