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ck4829

(35,265 posts)
Tue May 21, 2024, 12:32 PM May 21

Just curious: How many of some object or persons would you consider a "few dozen"?

“ I got a few dozen eggs”

“There’s a few dozen beers here”

“Don’t make a big deal about about it, it was just a few dozen cops standing outside that school”

You HEAR a “few dozen”, you expect…


41 votes, 4 passes | Time left: Unlimited
Less than 24
0 (0%)
24-36
14 (34%)
37-48
24 (59%)
49-60
2 (5%)
61-72
0 (0%)
73-84
0 (0%)
85-96
1 (2%)
97-108
0 (0%)
109-120
0 (0%)
More than 120, like 376
0 (0%)
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Just curious: How many of some object or persons would you consider a "few dozen"? (Original Post) ck4829 May 21 OP
About 36-60, I'd say. Elessar Zappa May 21 #1
A few, to me anyway, is 3 to 5 things. BlueTsunami2018 May 21 #2
I hate when ppl ask you to give them a couple XanaDUer2 May 21 #3
At least when I was growing up, the dictionary definition of few was up to 8. 8 x a dozen 96 Ms. Toad May 21 #4
356. Niagara May 21 #5
24 - 120. Voltaire2 May 21 #6
If anyone is curious, the context is a friend's post on Twitter... ck4829 May 21 #7
That sounds much more like a few hundred. nt crickets May 21 #9
Like "a few" or other vague numericals, they all mean "I don't know but it's not a lot" as compared to what it could be. Wonder Why May 21 #8
Other - 36 to 60 ProfessorGAC May 21 #10
I'd have had a category of 30-40. NT Happy Hoosier May 21 #11
36 to 96 Kaleva May 21 #12

Ms. Toad

(34,773 posts)
4. At least when I was growing up, the dictionary definition of few was up to 8. 8 x a dozen 96
Tue May 21, 2024, 12:50 PM
May 21

"Few" seems to have grown more fuzzy over the years, but there are still plenty of sources out there putting it in the below 9 range.

Niagara

(8,381 posts)
5. 356.
Tue May 21, 2024, 12:54 PM
May 21

I'm only teasing.


A few generally refers to a number less than five. One could have 4 dozen and that would be 48.


Several generally refers to 3 to 5.


I've also known couples that had disagreements about the name of the kitchen rubber scraper (spatula) vs. pancake turner and also disagreements between the difference between a dresser and a chest of drawers.


We all have our own ideas about what's what.

ck4829

(35,265 posts)
7. If anyone is curious, the context is a friend's post on Twitter...
Tue May 21, 2024, 01:41 PM
May 21

Debating with someone who is insistent 376 was “just a few dozen”


Wonder Why

(3,796 posts)
8. Like "a few" or other vague numericals, they all mean "I don't know but it's not a lot" as compared to what it could be.
Tue May 21, 2024, 02:34 PM
May 21

ProfessorGAC

(66,792 posts)
10. Other - 36 to 60
Tue May 21, 2024, 02:58 PM
May 21

In my mind, a few is 3 to 5. For me, 6 is entering "several" territory.
So, 3 to 5 dozen.

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