OK. An acquaintance of mine insists that "several" must be equal to 7. He also insists that "few" is equal to 3. The dictionary defines several as being: So from that, we can deduce that "Many" is equal to ten, as per the theory that several is 7, several being fewer (remember a few is 3) than "Many", that "Many" is 10. A couple is 2 A few is 3 Several is 7 Many is 10 Can anyone provide any reasonable argument to the contrary? I am also interested as to how many "Heaps", and "Lots" is. Surely we can come to a rational decision.