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Marking decades

Can we start marking decades from ‘0-’9 instead of from ‘0-’1? I mean, officially?

I realize there was no year zero and I understand you don’t say you’ve drunk a pint of ale until the glass is empty, but all the nitpicking in the world can’t stop the general public from marking the end of ‘09 as the end of this decade, and I think we ought to let common usage be common definition.

Then I won’t have to read about it any more.

My personal end of year post is going to happen tomorrow. What if I win the lottery tonight or something?

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ann_leckie
Dec. 31st, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Since the whole dating system is arbitrary anyway, one can begin or end a decade whenever one wishes, it seems to me. So since the consensus was that the last decade started in 2000, it makes sense to begin the next one in 2010. Right? The fact that there was no year 0 AD isn't really relevant. One could also argue that the whole calendar is basically wrong because the originator got the birth year of Jesus wrong, so really all bets are off.

Or that's my theory anyway.
burger_eater
Dec. 31st, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I approve of any theory that supports facts I want to be true.
jryson
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Good computer scientists start with zero.
burger_eater
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
They must be pretty frustrated with the rest of the world.
4thofeleven
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
The thing is, the 'no year zero' nitpicking only works for centuries. If you're talking about the 'twentieth century', it matters where you're counting from. But we don't talk about the 'two-hundredth and first decade'. Why shouldn't the '2000s' start in, well, 2000?
ethelmay
Jan. 2nd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I agree -- the decades do not have to follow the same rule as the centuries. And I am firmly in the camp of the 21st century beginning in 2001.
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