For 53 years I've believed the phrase was "a couple of.....", now, everywhere it is "a couple....".
Did "of" become extinct? Or are we in a new phase.....
HELP. please! Inquiring minds must know!
I respond: A group of, a flock of, a team of, a couple of... It's just another case of idiomatic speech being a little sloppier than what's grammatically correct. And it goes only so far; you wouldn't hear this response:
"I've got a couple sets of weave poles."
"I've got a couple them, too."