Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Thu Dec 7 12:42:56 UTC 2000

And another thing...

Since the informal couple (sans of) usage means "two or a few," could it
also be related to the expression "couple, two, three," as seen in the
following cite from something called "Denver Westword":

"He admitted to having had sex with her a 'couple, two, three times,' the
first in August 1998."

This would also seem to mean "two or a few," so perhaps in addition to
Dennis' phonological argument, the informal couple is a shortening of this
longer and puzzlingly redundant phrase. This would require that "couple,
two, three" have had widespread usage in the past, so perhaps I'm making
things too complicated again.


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