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john dagley
435380.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:37 am Reply with quote

whats the difference between "a lot" and "many"?

 
bobwilson
435382.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:39 am Reply with quote

"a lot" is a small onion that's rather loud; "many" is a jewish comedian

 
Davini994
435429.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:40 am Reply with quote

One.

One, two, lots, many, many many, ...

 
Moosh
435445.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:12 pm Reply with quote

Wasn't it:

one, two, many, many-one, many-two, many-many, many-many-one, many-many-two, lots.

Or am I mis-remembering?

 
Dr. Know
435492.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:34 pm Reply with quote

"A lot" i would think stems from a defined measure, like "a load" be it a wagon load, a lorry load, or whatever.
"Many" on the other hand, is usually defined as 3 or more.


But your best off asking Dictionary Corner. Suze?

 
suze
435554.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:43 pm Reply with quote

I'm sure I'm not the only person around here who knows how to look things up in a dictionary!

Not, actually, that the dictionary helps all that much on this one. The meaning of "many" varies according to context; in a mathematical context, "many" can be as few as two.

If my next door neighbour had four dogs, I'd consider that "many". But if I went to a Manchester United football game and there were only four people there, well that would have to be considered "not many".

These days, I don't think there's any practical difference between the quantity implied by "a lot of stuff" and "a load of stuff" - but for sure, "a load" originally did refer to the amount carried on a waggon, truck, barge, etc.

 
Dr. Know
435556.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:45 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
I'm sure I'm not the only person around here who knows how to look things up in a dictionary!


But it's what your here for! Everyone has a role here, and this is yours :P

 
QiScorpion
435564.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:56 pm Reply with quote

that's a little rude dr.know. *stern stare*

suze is not here as a reference guide. she is a valued member of the forum because she knows an awful lot and makes life interesting. nothing else.

 
Dr. Know
435566.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:57 pm Reply with quote

I was joking *equally stern stare*

 
suze
435574.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:03 pm Reply with quote

No worries, dr. know - I'm glad to have a role, even if it is looking things up in the dictionary!

As for knowing a lot, well I probably do know more facts than you two guys do, but only because I'm 20+ years older than you are. But believe me, the older one gets, the more one realises that there is just sooo much that one doesn't know!

 
Dr. Know
435576.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:06 pm Reply with quote

Well, as we know, there are known knowns, the things that we know that we know...

 
Davini994
435601.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:06 pm Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:
Wasn't it:

one, two, many, many-one, many-two, many-many, many-many-one, many-many-two, lots.

Or am I mis-remembering?

Curses, how right you are. I must turn the heating down...

 
Moosh
435606.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:22 pm Reply with quote

Davini994 wrote:
Moosh wrote:
Wasn't it:

one, two, many, many-one, many-two, many-many, many-many-one, many-many-two, lots.

Or am I mis-remembering?

Curses, how right you are. I must turn the heating down...

I feel I should feel ashamed in some way for being able to quote that word for word when I haven't read it in probably 5 years.

 
bobwilson
435609.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:25 pm Reply with quote

I feel I should feel ashamed for not having a clue to what you are alluding.

 
Moosh
435613.  Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:32 pm Reply with quote

It's a rather obscure and largely irrelevant bit from Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett, regarding how trolls count. This is the sort of thing that fills my mind and means I can't remember where I left my keys.

 

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