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  •  A decade is (3+ / 0-)
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    aaraujo, Island Expat, DanK Is Back

    ...a period of time that lasts ten years. That's it. Also, we don't count decades, or we'd be talking about us ending the 201st decade this year. Since that's a little unwieldy, we might as well denote decades by the number in the tens column, which meets the definition of a decade.

    So 21st century started in 2001, 3rd millenium started in 2001, and the '00s started in 2000.

    by Dr Squid on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:40:24 PM PST

    •  You started off right (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Squid, HylasBrook

      But then you got lost. A decade IS a period of time that lasts 10 years -- ANY 10 years.

      And a century is a period of time that lasts 100 years -- ANY 100 years.

      Where anyone chooses to begin it is totally arbitrary, and THERE IS NO AUTHORITY! If I want to call January 1, 2010 the beginning of the next decade, well then, my designation's as good as yours, and yours is as good as mine.

      So when someone tells me there was no year zero, my response is "Yeah, and so what?"

      "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

      by Ivan on Fri Jan 01, 2010 at 01:55:26 PM PST

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      •  Here Here! Absolutely right (1+ / 0-)
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        If astronomers have a hard time deciding whether or not Pluto is a planet, I think people can designate the beginning of the decade anyway they want.

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