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View Diary: It's Not a New Decade. Yes, It Is! No, It Isn't! (164 comments)

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  •  I believe BOTH are true... (0+ / 0-)
    Personally, I accept both arguments as valid, in different contexts.

    In a literal and technical sense, I believe that new decades, centuries, and millenia begin on years that end with a "1".

    But I also accept that it creates linguistic problems, so culturally we'll always treat years ending in "0" as the starting point.  It sounds rather silly to argue that 1900 was part of the 1800s, or that 1970 was part of "the sixties".

    So while I believe that the new decade doesn't technically begin until January 1, 2011 and that the new millennium began on January 1, 2001, I accept that society will always treat December 31st of years ending in "9" as the last hurrah for the decade, century, or millennium involved.

    Nobody will be doing "Decade in Review" analyses 12 months from now, and that's fine.

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