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Decades - John C. Kirk

Aug. 23rd, 2002

11:51 pm - Decades

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Hmm, everything nodes...

Rant for the day:
This node refers to "a decade that doesn't know what to call itself". Now look, this is very simple.
If you have "nineteen eighty-five, nineteen eighty-six", then the decade is the eighty-s.
If you have "nineteen ninety-five, nineteen ninety-six", then the decade is the ninety-s.
If you have "twenty oh-one, twenty oh-two", then the decade is the oh-s.
(Similarly if you pronounce the year "two thousand and one, two thousand and two")
I'll make allowances for different pronunciations (although you never hear people talking about 1066 as "one thousand and sixty six" - it's always "ten sixty six"), but this "noughties" business is just ridiculous. Admittedly, English doesn't always have much to do with logic (bring on Esperanto...), but if there are people wandering in confusion, then I shall provide a beacon in the darkness!

Meanwhile:
Super Knight Rider 3000
Apparently not a joke. Well, it may not be as bad as it sounds I suppose... I really liked the original series, although I was less impressed by "Team Knight Rider". The thing is, the moral behind the original series was "One man can make a difference". In TKR, the intro credits made a point of saying "In the past, it only took one man - now it takes a team", i.e. "if you're on your own, then you're useless", which was rather less inspirational... I'm not at all convinced about the wisdom of resurrecting KARR.

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From:gaspodog
Date:August 23rd, 2002 04:51 pm (UTC)
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How about the Noughties?
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From:dynix
Date:August 24th, 2002 04:50 am (UTC)
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Thats stoopid
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 24th, 2002 06:20 am (UTC)
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Quite. By my logic, that would only make sense if you pronounced each year as "twenty nought one", "twenty nought two" etc., which I've never heard anyone do.

Don't know where the "noughties" idea got started - probably confusion with the "naughty nineties" (the 1890s).
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