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Words indicating indefinite numbers are sneaky and vague.

Sure, we need to use these words when we say something like, “Some pizza-lovers like anchovies.” In this case, we don’t know exactly how many crazy people there are in the world.

However, if you can be specific, it adds pop to the sentence.

I had some ice cream last night.

Yum. What flavor?

 I ate a gallon of anchovy ice cream in one sitting.


Many people follow my wildly popular blog.

 That’s cool. How many?

Three fellow-bloggers follow my wildly popular blog.


 A few people hit “like” on my blog about anchovies.

Anchovies are fascinating, aren’t they?

 My blog about anchovies received zero “likes.”


I had a couple of drinks to numb the pain.

 Did you lace the drinks with anchovies?

After six shots of vodka I decided to change the theme of my blog from anchovies to the fine art of distilling vodka.

Other indefinite numbers are (can you think of more?):

A lot, a ton, a boatload, a truckload, a bunch, a bit, a tad

Gobs, heaps, oodles, scads, smidgeon

Gazillion, kabillion,




However, I do like the word umpteen.

Happy three-day weekend everyone. I’ll be back next week.

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