In English, we would use "several" to count items like these. "Some" would apply more to clusters or groups. It seems Norsk treats those words in more of a quantitative measurment: "mange" is more than "flere", which is more than "noen". Unless my interpretation is incorrect...
Personally i have numbers equated to specific words. Couple always equals two, few always equals three, some almost always equals four, a handful is five (because fingers), and a bunch/lot covers everything over that. As far as I can tell, this is not common.
Very interesting! It all makes logical sense, and I wonder if there ever has been a study on how people interpret these words, or what their original "concrete" amounts were, if any. Obviously couple means two, but a few has always been something like "3-7" for me.
Very interesting! I've always figured that if there's an exact number, we could just say the number, so I use a couple for 2-3, few for 3-5, handful for ~5, and several/bunch/lot for more than that, in that (increasing) order.