Today’s cartoon comes from XKCD:

If things are too quiet, try asking a couple of friends whether "a couple" should always mean "two". As with the question of how many spaces should go after a period, it can turn acrimonious surprisingly fast unless all three of them agree.

I was well into adulthood before I realized that most people didn’t use “a couple” to mean the same thing as a handful. And so I would like to ask my readers…