The Great Debate…

HTML clipboardThe debate as to if this really is the beginning of
a new decade seems to go on and on, some endured the sights of Ryan Seacrest
and Dick Clark telling us we were seeing the end of a decade and the
start of a new one. A good number of my fellow bloggers have posted their
personal choices for players and teams of the last decade, in addition to receiving
primarily good comments some have been told the decade is not yet over.

The
question is who’s right?

 

Is it a decade or NOT a decade…?

 

Those who believe it is NOT a decade do so
on the understanding that there was no year ‘0’ so the first decade was from
year 1 through year 10, thus giving us another year before the decade ends. If
this is how we determine decades then governments around the world spent millions on celebrating the
millennium a year early, although this is no
guide, since governments are known for jumping the gun on things and spending
money for no apparent reason.

Those who believe the decade is truly over do so
on the premise that a decade starts with ‘0’ and ends with ‘9’, thus giving us
2010 as the start of a new
decade. So do those same people denounce the NO year ‘0’
theory or do they just not care.

This is how I see it…

A decade is the span of any 10 year
period, and although in reality the believers of the NO year ‘0’ are
factual in their beliefs, the decades of years do not go by the simplistic rule
of every 10 years from year ‘1’, the
term decade depicting years is exactly as
the majority see it, i.e. “60’s”, “70’s”, “80’s”
etc are what they are
decades.

In summary if you comment on someone’s post and
tell them the decade isn’t truly over, due to no year ‘0’, your incorrect to do
so.

I am sure many will disagree with my conclusion,
but if you really want to get specific and technical every year ends a decade of
some kind or another, however the use of the term decade is referring to the
“10’s” periods of a century and a century references the
“100’s” period of a millennium.


7 Comments on “The Great Debate…”

  1. phillies_phollowers says:

    I am going with the 0 theory…we are not done until the end of 2010. Of course, people may be less confused if evey month started with Day 0, not Day 1. Just a thought…LOL

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

  2. heartruss says:

    My question is…do we day two thousand ten or twenty ten???
    http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

  3. yankeeholics says:

    Well this is a decade because we have had 10 years in this decade

    00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

    vig
    http://yankeeholics.mlblogs.com

  4. Fenway Bleacher Creature says:

    Interesting, I didn’t really consider the fact that this might not be the end of the decade quite yet. Interesting debate for sure…

    Fenway Bleacher Creature
    http://the3rs.mlblogs.com/

  5. rrrt says:

    OK, so maybe it’s technically NOT the end of the decade, but if 99% of the population think of it that way, so what? Especially, as you said, since we often refer to “the 60s” or “the 70s” etc. I guess according to these people 1970 was not part of the 70s, but actually the last year of the 60s? It’s just easier this way. The naysayers need to get their panties unbunched (or knickers untwisted, if you prefer), and find something better to get worked up about.
    Sue
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  6. matttan7 says:

    Most people consider 2010 a start to a new decade. For me, I think it should have started next year. There’s even talks about referring 2010 as twenty-ten, instead of two thousand and ten.

    Matthew Tang
    http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

  7. Elizabeth D says:

    Very, very interesting! I was thinking about this and couldn’t come to a conclusion. I’ll stick with “Happy New Year”. I’m not sure what I think, haha.
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com


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