[whatwg] Nitpicking Re: Editorial Bug: "Couple" of Appendicies
chaals at opera.com
Fri Jul 13 01:36:25 PDT 2007
On Thu, 12 Jul 2007 23:20:32 +0900, Stijn Peeters <stijn.p at hccnet.nl>
> Smylers schreef:
>> A very minor niggle with the 'Structure of this specification' section,
>> which says:
>> There are also a couple of appendices, defining shims for WYSIWYG
>> editors, rendering rules for Web browsers, and listing areas that are
>> out of scope for this specification.
>> That's 3 appendicies, which is more than a couple.
> 14. a couple of, more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a
> few: It will take a couple of days for the package to get there. Also, a
> I assume this meaning of "a couple" is used here.
It is not the most intelligent use of english.. A couple really does mean
two, so the understanding of a native english speaker is that you really
are saying two, but lying. In this case, Smylers is correct that using
"couple" is wrong, assuming that using reasonably good english is a goal.
Charles McCathieNevile, Opera Software: Standards Group
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