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How many is a couple?

Me: "Hello, I'd like a cab in Finchley central please"
Taxi Operator: "Certainly sir, how many people"
Me: "One"
Taxi Operator: "Any luggage?"
Me: "Yes, one suitcase and a couple of boxes."
Taxi Operator: "How many is a couple?"
Me: "???... Two boxes."
Taxi Operator: "Thank you. The taxi will be there in 15 minutes."
Me: "Thank you."

Seriously though... when is a couple NOT two?

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synabetic
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
When it's 45,899 or 3d4.

Don't you know that?
jonhodgson
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
So Jon, how many drinks have you had?

Oh just a couple.

See? Sometimes a couple can be five or six.

exmoor_cat
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
....in France?
kittensandsteam
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Since cab companies probably have to deal with people that think a couple is LOADS (like a dozen or more).

actualsean
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
My wife and I are a couple, but there are definitely more than two of us.
commlal
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
When you are our order clerk who thinks a couple is 4 or 6, depending what crazyness is in her head.
eryx_uk
Aug. 11th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Most people these days see "a couple" as two or three, not just two. *shrugs*
timgray
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
"A couple" means "a small number in the general region of two", indicating that the speaker does not know the exact number or chooses to remain vague. So there. :p
hsb
Aug. 12th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
This. Also, people will say a couple of boxes to a taxi co and then have 6-7 and need help loading them

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hedgetrimmer
Aug. 12th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
dictionary .com has

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 couple.

Another case of common misuse informing a definition? I weep for words
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