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Re: When does the next decade start?

Is that what inflation is ?
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And a decimal is a fraction of 12... not a ten as many of you think...
Hitting the New Year's punch early are you - and it's making you feisty?
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Old 31.12.2019, 17:09
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Hitting the New Year's punch early are you - and it's making you feisty?
My knowledge of decimals is very limited but I know that they make and deliver a good pizza

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'Deca' from the Greek, déka (δέκα), meaning ten.

It's a leftover from the times when there were only ten months in a year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_calendar
Actually it's from the Latin, decem, meaning ten; as your link shows, we're talking about the Roman calendar...
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Old 31.12.2019, 20:06
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Re: When does the next decade start?

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Actually it's from the Latin, decem, meaning ten; as your link shows, we're talking about the Roman calendar...
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Deca- (and dec-) sometimes deka- is a common English-language numeral prefix derived from the Late Latin decas ("(set of) ten"), from Ancient Greek δέκας (dékas), from δέκα (déka, "ten").[1] It is used in many words.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deca-_(prefix)
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Re: When does the next decade start?

I vote for it not starting at all.... I've already had enough of this growing old crap already.
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Old 01.01.2020, 00:57
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Re: When does the next decade start?

In 01.01.2021.


Happy new year for all Efers!! A 2020 full of happiness and accomplishments.
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I vote for it not starting at all.... I've already had enough of this growing old crap already.
yeah, I'm beginning to lose count.
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Is "can't touch this" by mc hammer a 90s or 80s song?
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Old 02.01.2020, 11:55
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Re: When does the next decade start?

Now that its 2020, The next decade could now be starting on 1.1.2030
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Old 02.01.2020, 12:39
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Is "can't touch this" by mc hammer a 90s or 80s song?
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Re: When does the next decade start?

Is "decade" even still a 'politically correct' name?

We could solve the problem by declaring it's not.
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XKCD
Had this discussion weeks ago with grumpy on facebook. nice to see that great minds think alike.
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Is "can't touch this" by mc hammer a 90s or 80s song?
It's a 90s song from the ninth decade of the 20th century -- you know, the one that spanned 1981-1990 (so, nine 80s years and one 90s).

It was also from the period of ten years that we call the 90s, from 1990-1999.

So, now that that's all clear...
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Deca- (and dec-) sometimes deka- is a common English-language numeral prefix derived from the Late Latin decas ("(set of) ten"), from Ancient Greek δέκας (dékas), from δέκα (déka, "ten").[1] It is used in many words.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deca-_(prefix)
Agreed -- the Latin "decem" was derived from the older Greek "δέκα/deka". But as we're talking about the Roman calendar, when the Romans would have used Latin to name their months, I'd say that December was derived from "decem" (which, yes, had its origins in turn in "deka").
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Old 02.01.2020, 18:51
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Re: When does the next decade start?

XKCD might have point, though... unlike centuries, decades are not cardinally numbered. And since "the 20es" describes a time span of ten years, it should be possible to refer to it as a "decade", meaning 2020 - 2029.

...or shouldn't it?
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XKCD might have point, though... unlike centuries, decades are not cardinally numbered. And since "the 20es" describes a time span of ten years, it should be possible to refer to it as a "decade", meaning 2020 - 2029.

...or shouldn't it?
So, the first decade was 1-9?

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So, the first decade was 1-9?

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I think the point is, could a decade be any 10 years?
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Re: When does the next decade start?

That's the point made by XKCD: there is no such thing universally defined as "the first decade". Decades are not numbered consecutively starting from the beginning of time, like centuries are; otherwise we would be in the 201st decade and this thread would be debating about when does the 202nd start.
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So, the first decade was 1-9?

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Yep. The first year was the trial

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I think the point is, could a decade be any 10 years?
Of course. People say in 1995 "I came here a decade ago".
It's a bit like "a dozen". It's simply a measuring unit.

Like a "Paar" in German - which is definitely two. While "paar" is several. (Anyone seen what actually marks the difference? )
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