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A Fable about Definitions

[First, a significant note: Currently ongoing is a vigorous debate between words denoting measure and/or quantity. Exemplifying this is the embarrassing brouhaha regarding the relative values of 'Second' and 'Moment'.

Is one a portion of the other, or are they separate entities?

No need to mention that 'Instant' keeps interrupting the conversation with claims of being "special".

And now we learn of this other cause for grievance.]

For recently, in various conspicuous locales, Several and Numerous - Yes! those Words themselves - have pointed out that they are being shunned by the likes of newscasters, authors, and other gatekeepers of the mother tongue.

As troubling and disappointing to them is their observation that these vocal mavens of verbiage tend to be moving towards a drastic reduction of syllables - currently exampled by the dreadful over-employment of 'few' and 'lots of'.

Several and Numerous - Yes! the Words themselves - want this situation addressed immediately, or as their buddy CompaƱero so tersely put it, 'pronto'.

Up to now, Practitioners of Idiom and Argot have been silent.

Moral: Investigation is invitation to Knowledge.