Decade's End- Or Is It?

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TV and radio reports of new years eve celebration's keep saying this is the end of the decade,many years ago when I went to school I'm sure we were taught that a decade was ten years long.We have just completed year nine of this decade,so the end of 2010 should be the end of the "noughties"decade.
Anyway all the best for the new year.
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Reply By: Gramps - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:18

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:18
Have a read of this lot then
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Reply By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:24

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:24
Absolutely correct. Decade ends at the end of 2010.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:07

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:07
I beg to differ, but a decade ends at the end of ten years, the noughties decade finished last night.
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:34

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:34
If you were born on the 1st January 2000 you would be 10 years old today. That's a decade in my books. A decade is any 10 year block no matter when it starts.
All this millenium stuff is a new language the scribes like to use.

IMHO.

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Follow Up By: Steve - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:40

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:40
"scribes" is one term for them I suppose.
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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:49

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:49
A new language? Hardly.

From a dictionary entry:- A thousand-year period of holiness mentioned in Revelation 20, during which Jesus and his faithful followers are to rule on earth.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:03

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:03
That's a great revelation there Lex :-) but I don't think they use it much in that context.

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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:50

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:50
Gday,
I thought a decade was a ten year perod?
If thats the case the end of the decade would be be 2013........
If it started at 2003......depending of course weather you started counting at the begining or end of the year?????? Im getting a headache!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:25

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:25
unless you started counting at the start of 2000!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:31

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:31
Most contemporary societies have agreed to use the Gregorian Calender introduced by the pope in 1582.



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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:39

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:39
Did the Gregorian Calender start at year 'one' or year 'zero'? Keep in mind that Roman numerals don't have 'O' ............
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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:46

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:46
It started (theoretically) at 0. However after 1 year after the start it is 1 or 2001. After 5 years it is 5 or 2005. After ten years, or a decade, it is 10 or 2010. That is the end of 2010 which is at the end of the day of the December 31st.

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:46

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:46
But did it? Who's theory?
My mate is Italian. He was 'one' in his first year and 'two' in his second year.
The calendar was set up retrospectively. WAS it from zero year or year 'one'? I'll do some research, now I'm interested.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:49

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:49
Okay.... so I've just done some Googling! It seems that the Gregorian calendar doesn't have the year 'zero'. So "one BC" was followed by "one AD".

I'm happy with this year being the end of the decade.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:53

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:53
The end of this year is the end of the decade, we'll have to wait another 364 days though until then.

Happy New Year Royce :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 17:58

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 17:58
I like a man who stick by his beliefs in the face of evidence. I'm happy to go with you... why not? Happy New Year!
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:42

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:42
A decade = a full 10yr period .. 3,657 days [allowing for 2 leap yrs] problem is where to start counting , we have 5 BC and 5 AD , was that a 10 year period IE: a decade or was that an 11/12 year period ? was there a year zero ? 5BC- 4BC- 3BC- 2Bc- 1BC- 0BC or should that be 0AD- 1AD- 2AD- 3AD- 4AD- 5AD ?
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:59

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 14:59
This isn't doing Hairy's headache much good you blokes !!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

The Year 1AD would have started at the end of year 1BC.

e.g. Dec 31st 1BC followed by Jan 1st 1AD.

At that point the year 1 AD was 1 day old, until 365 days later, when it would have become Jan 1st 2 AD, at which point the year 2 AD was 1 day old.

When did leap years come into the equation?? Was 4AD the first leap year ??
And why is Feb 29th the catch up day?


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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:12

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 15:12
Now count backwards from 10 using your fingers 10-9-8-7-6 plus 5 fingers on the other hand = 11 LOL.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 16:30

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 16:30
Decades run 0 - 9, 10-19,20-29 etc. 10 years in each = 1 decade. So we are at the end of one decade ('noughties') and the commencement of a new decade (teens, I guess ...).

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 16:51

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 16:51
Thats how I understood the case for ending the "noughties".

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 18:03

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 18:03
This debate was had back at the change from 1999 to 2000. We celebrated the start of the new millenium then whether we liked it or not. Well the media, govt etc did anyway.

On that basis, it is now 10 years later, so I guess that's a decade.

If you disagree, you needed to get upset enough back in 1999 to get the millennium change postponed for a year.

My view - who cares? I survived the last decade, and plan on surviving the next - and the one after that too hopefully. That's all that matters to me.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 18:07

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 18:07
Yep!! I'm with you Norm.

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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 18:17

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 18:17
Being born in the first half of last century, I can't argue with that Norm.

May there be a few more decades left for us :-))

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 19:28

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 19:28
Yep, I'll go along with you blokes, who gives an obese rodents rectum, my head hurts enough without worrying about it.

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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 19:16

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 19:16
2010 is supposedly the 2010th year after the birth of Christ, according to our Gregorian derived calendar- thats how we measure years. The first decade after Christs supposed birth would end 10 years after his birth. The first year would be year 1. the second year 2 etc the tenth year 10, so the new decade would begin at the end of the tenth year. First day of the new decade would thus be Jan 1 2011

So decades as recorded by our calendar based on the supposed date of the birth of Christ end at the end of 2010, 2020 etc and one thousand years after the birth of Christ would end at the end of the thousandth year eg 2000 so the new millenium begins Jan 1 2001. I remeber as a child everyone saying the beginning of 2001 would be the significant milestone. By the time 2000 came around everyone had decided the even number ending in 000 was more significant.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 08:56

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 08:56
Problem is BC and AD , should there be a year Zero / writings other than the King James version of the Bible state that Jesus was executed in his 33rd year yet the Gregorian calendar that is in use brings the date of the crucifixion as 30AD for a 33year old man ,,
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Reply By: chevypower - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:10

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:10
It's true, there was no year zero. So end of 10AD was the end of the first decade, and end of 2000 was the end of the second millennium. But when talking about a decade as "sixties," it is correct to refer to Jan 1 1960- Dec 31 1969 as "The Sixties." The Sixties was not Jan 1 1961- Dec 31 1970. Just like a man in his 40s could be anywhere from 40th birthday to the day before he turns 50. Even though when he is 49, he is living his 50th year.

So, it is not the end of the 201st decade since the birth of Christ, but it is the beginning of a decade that would be called - whatever the name of this decade is going to be called... (It will be easier to name after 2020).
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:47

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:47
good call chevypower.....I'm in my "sixties" but prefer all to think I'm closer to 60 than 70 LOL LOL
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:50

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:50
I guess after 2012 we will be in our teens, how exciting, I'm looking forward to being a virgin again

(;-))))))

Cheers Pop
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:50

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:50
mind you.....there's some reaaaaly cranky old bastards on here waaaay over the 70's LOL LOL
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:52

Friday, Jan 01, 2010 at 20:52
pop......that ain't gonna happen :-(
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