Grammar - Does "either" imply a choice between only two?

Subject: Grammar - Does "either" imply a choice between only two?
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:26:30 -0400

I have always felt it incorrect to say, for example, "either of the
following eight items" and prefer instead "any one of the following
eight items." Poking gently about on the internet I've not been able to
find any support for my preference.

Does "either" contain an implied dual number? Or am I right, but being
unnecessarily fussy? Or am I simply wrong?

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