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Old 12-10-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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Is it the end of the decade or not?

We're now at the time of year where best of 2009 and best of the decade lists are coming out.

However, a co-worker and I have had a longstanding debate: does the first decade of the new millenium end on Dec. 31, 2009 or 2010?

I happen to think the latter, just as I thought the new millenium started on Jan. 1, 2001, not the year before, because we start counting from 1, not 0. My co-worker says otherwise.

Any thoughts?
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It is the end of the decade. Going back it makes sense to say that the 80s were the years from 1980 through 1989. The 90s were the years from 1990 through 1999 and so on. So it would stand to reason that the 2000s are the years from 2000 through 2009.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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but then the first decade AD gets ripped off a year

There was no year 0, so you've always completed one year less than the calendar year

This is why I will never accept that Bethshazaar and the Funky Babylonians had the top album of the first decade. The Jephtha Brothers' self titled, released in 10, was far superior
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but then the first decade AD gets ripped off a year

There was no year 0, so you've always completed one year less than the calendar year
But they had Christ, so who cares?

So technically speaking we had two 1's back to back? Never really thought of that...
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i guess im a year younger then...
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I happen to think the latter, just as I thought the new millenium started on Jan. 1, 2001, not the year before, because we start counting from 1, not 0. My co-worker says otherwise.
The 1990s did not start in 1991. Why would the '10s?
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The 1990s did not start in 1991. Why would the '10s?
Yeah, that's basically how I see it. And you explained it a lot more concisely than I did.
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The 1990s did not start in 1991. Why would the '10s?
But thats what I'm saying. if you go back to the very beginning of our calendar, it actually did start on a 1. the year 1 was the first year of the first decade. When we completed one full year, it turned to year 2 and so forth. There was no first year that was year 0. Follow that forward a 2000 years and the 200th decade, in fact, started at 2001. Technically, the turn of the millennium happened on January 1st, 2001, not when everyone went ape shit and celebrated it
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i guess im a year younger then...
nope, because when you were born, then didnt say you were one. You had a complete year of being referred to in months. once you completed your first year, then you were officially 1. Doesnt work that way with calendar years
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But thats what I'm saying. if you go back to the very beginning of our calendar, it actually did start on a 1. the year 1 was the first year of the first decade. Follow that forward a 2000 years and the 200th decade, in fact, started at 2001
This makes the decade suffixes completely worthless then: 80s, 90s, 00s, etc. It's much easier/more convenient to just screw the first decade over and leave it to 9 years. Of course, if Jesus agreed, he could have had Tebow jump pass the space-time continuum and placed it in the mind of Dionysius Exiguus to invent year zero so we could avoid this conversation and read Pitchfork lists without further guilt. Just the same, 2010 is a new decade. Fact. No doubt.
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It's the end of the decade for YOU, BoMac.
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This makes the decade suffixes completely worthless then: 80s, 90s, 00s, etc. It's much easier/more convenient to just screw the first decade over and leave it to 9 years. Of course, if Jesus agreed, he could have had Tebow jump pass the space-time continuum and placed it in the mind of Dionysius Exiguus to invent year zero so we could avoid this conversation and read Pitchfork lists without further guilt. Just the same, 2010 is a new decade. Fact. No doubt.
your suffixes make the baby Jesus cry and the people from the first decade feel like shit

And yes, it is easier that way. I wouldnt be the retard who refers to anything that happened in 2000 as the 90s. I was just saying that technically, it is part of the 190th decade, so if it was for money, Bomac should be crossing his coworker's palm with some lettuce right about now
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It is the end of the decade. Going back it makes sense to say that the 80s were the years from 1980 through 1989. The 90s were the years from 1990 through 1999 and so on. So it would stand to reason that the 2000s are the years from 2000 through 2009.

quote of the year, I love it!
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So, in summation:

Technically, no.

For all intents and purposes, yes.
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