Re: millenial madness

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Sat, 11 Dec 1999 03:03:01 -0800 (PST)

The first deacde had ten years;
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AD !

c/f centuries;
1,2,...,99,100 1st
101,102,...,199,200 2nd

This, the *tenth* decade of the century, began in 1991.
I realise this contradicts the usage we ALL make, with the "90's" beginning in 1990, like calling year's the first of the "1800's","2000's" etc.

A little thing I'd never considered before :)

I realise isn't neat or intuitive, it's just what's necessary to keep the numbering consistent with a calendar invented before they used "0".



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