There is an infinite sum of numbers, there’s also an infinite number of words that represent those numbers. Also, we have generic labeling words. For example, some, few, and many, but do these word represent something specific, and do you know their correct amounts?
Let’s start with the easy, maybe obvious, ones. A “couple”, as an example, means two. Additionally, the phrase “a bunch” is thought to mean multiple things growing or fastened together. Speaking of the word “multiple”: it simply means more than one.
The phrase “a ton” is defined as a slight abbreviation for a metric ton which is equal to 2,000 pounds. However, modernized language has made it so “a ton” fits the context of other situations. Next, “a lot” is described as a surprisingly or unexpectedly large amount of something. Similarly, there’s the word “plenty”. It means more than the required or expected number. Additionally, we have “several”, this word is depicted as two or more but not an enormous quantity.
To finish off we have three of the most frequently used words in the English language. They are some, many, and few. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word “some” means, “being of an unspecified amount or number.” Therefore, the word, some, can be labeled as the most generic and boring word that has ever cursed our dictionaries. Comparatively, there is the word “many”. Also defined by Merriam Webster, many basically means “being one of a large but indefinite number.” Which is also an unspecific definition, however, unlike the word some, many is “a large… number.” Last and able to represent the least, we have the word “few”. As said by the Merriam Webster dictionary, few means “consisting of or amounting to only a small number.” Yet again, you’ll have to use your imagination to fill in the blanks in this definition.
In order to finalize everything, please realize that the three most bland, unclear, and lazy words that you could use to define an amount are the most used in our modern language. Furthermore, most of the higher vocabulary words have been transformed so that they can be used in other situations. Next time you’re writing something important, try to think about different (or more proper) words you could use to replace some, many, few, etc. A big thanks to Merriam Dictionary for all of these definitions.
By: Peyton Erb
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