1070: Words for Small Sets
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By strict definition, the noun "couple" means "exactly two items of the same kind". The comic/chart is satirizing how layman sometimes use the word "couple" synonymously with words like "few" or "several", which in this context mean "comparatively small but definitely greater than one". This satire is nerd troll bait; Randall is attempting to "troll" or get a certain group of people fired up by taking an unpopular side of the argument just to get the other person angry.
The title text is a pun. Randall says "Try asking a couple of friends [...] unless all three of them agree" which implies a couple should always mean two.
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- 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)