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April 25, 2007

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patroclus

You might be thinking of the Dunbar number (which is 150):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar_number

I'm pretty sure that our grandchildren will understand something completely different by the word 'friend' from what we do. But I expect a new word will emerge to denote close, real-life friends. Life and language are always in flux - and thankfully so, otherwise things would get really dull.

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