Though at heart a teensy bit traditionalist, Mr Gnome takes a moderate line on discussions regarding usages such as 'less than' and 'fewer than'.
It's all a matter of context, he feels.
Needless to say he was more than a trifle thrilled (a few years back) to discover Mr Marks and Mr Spencer so shamelessly hedging their grammatical bets.
And, when all's said and done, such discussions add a little colour to our daily discourse.
So believes Mr G, whose watchword remains: 'Fewer gnomes, less fun.'