I was going to post this in “General Questions”, but it’s about as mundane and pointless a question as it gets. Still, it’s bugging me. So here it goes.
My wife and I were watching “12 Years a Slave” the other day and there was a reference made after the 12 year period was over to the “several years” the main character was a slave. My wife said, “several? It was 12 years”. To which I said, 12 is several". To which she said, “no, several is 3 or 4”. To which I replied, “no, 3or 4 is a few. Several would be more than that”. She disagreed, so I looked it up online.
Turns out she was right according to two online dictionaries I checked- they basically said “more than two, but not many”. Now, three of something to me does not constitute “several”. I’m not sure of the upper bound of when “several” might turn into say “many”, but I’d say 12 of something fits easily within the realm of “several”. Maybe it depends on the context and to what the “several” is referring.
Whadda ya think?