Relative Sizes of Inexact Quantitative Measures

A research proposal. Introduction There are a great many inexact and colloquial units of measurement used in everyday life by native English speakers. Often they are used in situations where their meaning can only be metaphorical—“a handful of people turned up”, “I have a truckload of work to do next week”, “I was stuck in traffic for an eternity”. This research project would aim to answer a number of fundamental questions about such inexact measurements: