I retorted that she had, indeed, aired "several" programs. Her reply was that there were a lot more than three episodes. I said, Yes, there were several. No, she replied, Several means "three." Now we are into it. I insisted that if "several" means "three" then one of the words is a redundancy and unnecessary. So let us count "one, two, several, four..."
But she was adamant that I had stated that she hosted three programs, and she was a bit miffed because people might think she had done fewer than she actually did. I decided to drop the matter for very good reason, as you can clearly see.
Nor would I have revisited this, except that, all these weeks later, she brought it up again. Several is still three.
I may or may not be a stubborn man, but I am not so easily swayed.
Witnesses: What say you?
Yes, I am a stubborn man. I resorted to Merriam-Webster.
"several-- more than two but fewer than many"
For whatever that is worth.
1 2 ? 4...