Thursday, 21 February 2013

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Two items of the same kind; a pair.
Something that joins or connects two things together; a link.
(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Two people united, as by betrothal or marriage.
Two people together.
Informal. A few; several: a couple of days.
Physics. A pair of forces of equal magnitude acting in parallel but opposite directions, capable of causing rotation but not translation.
v., -pled, -pling, -ples.
 To link together; connect: coupled her refusal with an explanation.
To join as spouses; marry.
To join in sexual union.
Electricity. To link (two circuits or currents) as by magnetic induction.
To form pairs; join.
To unite sexually; copulate.
To join chemically.
adj. Informal
 Two or few: "Every couple years the urge strikes, to . . . haul off to a new site" (Garrison Keillor).
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōpula, bond, pair.]
USAGE NOTE When used to refer to two people who function socially as a unit, as in a married couple, the word couple may take either a singular or a plural verb, depending on whether the members are considered individually or collectively: The couple were married last week. Only one couple was left on the dance floor. When a pronoun follows, they and their are more common than it and its: The couple decided to spend their (less commonly its) vacation in Florida. Using a singular verb and a plural pronoun, as in The couple wants their children to go to college, is widely considered to be incorrect. Care should be taken that the verb and pronoun agree in number: The couple want their children to go to college. • Although the phrase a couple of has been well established in English since before the Renaissance, modern critics have sometimes maintained that a couple of is too inexact to be appropriate in formal writing. But the inexactitude of a couple of may serve a useful purpose, suggesting that the writer is indifferent to the precise number of items involved. Thus the sentence She lives only a couple of miles away implies not only that the distance is short but that its exact measure is unimportant. This usage should be considered unobjectionable on all levels of style. • The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake, especially in formal contexts. Three-fourths of the Usage Panel finds the sentence I read a couple books over vacation to be unacceptable; however, another 20% of the Panel finds the sentence to be acceptable in informal speech and writing.

"A couple of" means "a pair of" or "two of". It does not mean three or four of. That term would be "A few of." Yes, people get sloppy in casual speech and use "a couple of" to mean "a few of," but that usually just leads to confusion and the need to clarify. If you send me to the store for "a couple of newspapers", and then somehow imply that I will be bringing back more than that, I would be forced to stop and ask you for clarification. "Did you mean two copies of the Chronicle? Or two copies of every newspaper on the stand? Precisely how many are you expecting (do you require)?"
 Like many other similiar phrases, carelessness of use has nearly rendered the term ineffective. If you can't predict what the reader will assume "a couple of" means in your writing, you either need to brush up on pop culture, or be meticulous about using "a couple of" when -- and only when -- you mean "two of".
 This shouldn't be so hard to grasp. We wish the happy couple well in every wedding ceremony; that is to say, we with the TWO people who have just sealed their lives together all the very best life has to offer.
Unless we're at a Mormon wedding!. Then the happy "couple" might actually be 10 or 15 or 20 people strong. Or might have been before bigamy (polyamory) was outlawed so strenuously in this country.
1. two of the same sort considered together; pair.
2. two persons considered as joined together, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners: They make a handsome couple.
3. any two persons considered together.
4. Mechanics . a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.
5. Also called couple-close. Carpentry. a pair of rafters connected by a tie beam or collar beam.

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