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Table 15 Imprecise and Informal Expressions of Quantity

From: Complexities, variations, and errors of numbering within clinical notes: the potential impact on information extraction and cohort-identification

Phrase n
couple of 1673,735
lots of 328,506
not much 113,336
few of 35,803
small number of 12,358
hundreds of 7371
all kinds of 6940
thousands of 4611
tons of 3018
too many to count 1346
massive amounts of 1187
very small number of 1104
far more than 971
way more than 820
very large number of 623
millions of 561
way too many 364
huge number of 260
gobs of 199
vanishingly small 179
uncountable 133
hell of a lot 69
lion’s share of 67
vast quantities of 48
waist deep in 24
infinitesimally small 23
tiny number of 19
infinitely more 17
miniscule amounts of 14
gazillion 12
crap load of 8
shit load 7
up the wazoo 6
infinitely small 6
bazillion 5
infinitely less 3
infinitely large 3
butt load 3
boat loads of 3
buttload 1