Thursday, September 29, 2016

Reuters reporter Ginger Gibson greatly expands definition of 'a few'

Mileage calculation:  Rand McNally

Trump, in law and order speech, calls for African-American support.  (Reuters, 8/17/2016)
The specch took place in West Bend.

If my wife -- or anyone else, for that matter -- tells me she'll be ready in 'a few' minutes, I wouldn't expect to wait more than 5.  I'd categorize 33 minutes as beyond rudeness.

If someone asks me for 'a few' dollars, I might check to see if I have any singles in my wallet.  If the person clarifies his request and explains, "No, I need $33," I'd chuckle and say, "Oh, so you want a loan then?"

No comments: