Ok, so I'm going to put it out there... I *hate*, with a passion, the growing trend to use less everywhere. Less is for continuous things, fewer is for discrete variables! To have less of something, you need to chop something off it - less mashed potato, fewer peas. FEWER than 10 items at the checkout. Even the goddamned newsreaders and radio presenters who *surely* ought to be setting an example can't get it right. It makes my blood boil, and that of most of my friends.