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Old 31.12.2019, 10:43
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When does the next decade start?

Does it start tonight (ie 1st January 2020) or in 12 months time (ie 1st January 2021.

Let's have a friendly argument!
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Old 31.12.2019, 10:47
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Re: When does the next decade start?

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Does it start tonight (ie 1st January 2020) or in 12 months time (ie 1st January 2021.

Let's have a friendly argument!
It depends on the IQ of the person answering the question
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Old 31.12.2019, 10:49
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It depends on the IQ of the person answering the question
How about "Does one's life start at birth"?

Time perception is trickier than IQ.

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Does it start tonight (ie 1st January 2020) or in 12 months time (ie 1st January 2021.

Let's have a friendly argument!
It's certainly 20 years since everyone was in a meltdown about Y2K.

Planes falling from the skies, I tells ya!

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Old 31.12.2019, 10:57
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Re: When does the next decade start?

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It's certainly 10 years since everyone was in a meltdown about Y2K.

Planes falling from the skies, I tells ya!
You mean 20 years?
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You mean 20 years?
OMG - I've not had sherry for breakfast, honest...

Now I feel really old.

Edited my idiotness.
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Old 31.12.2019, 11:00
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Re: When does the next decade start?

It's already been done
https://yougov.co.uk/topics/lifestyl.../12/11/a1fa0/3

Basically a no brainer if one goes with the majority rule.

By the way the poll should include undecided.
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Re: When does the next decade start?

Any time from now
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Old 31.12.2019, 11:35
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Re: When does the next decade start?

This is far too simple.
How about that:

<<For 3286 days we are in the 202. decade after Christ.>>
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Re: When does the next decade start?

For me it's tomorrow. The rest of you can do what you like.
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Re: When does the next decade start?

Well there was no "Year Zero" (and the Romans didn't have a numeral for zero). So the end of the 10th year is at the end of 10 and the end of the next tenth year is 20. And I'm going to be grumpy with anyone (including nearly all the press) who say tonight is the end of the decade!

But Happy New Year anyway!
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Well there was no "Year Zero" (and the Romans didn't have a numeral for zero). So the end of the 10th year is at the end of 10 and the end of the next tenth year is 20. And I'm going to be grumpy with anyone (including nearly all the press) who say tonight is the end of the decade!

But Happy New Year anyway!
You are totally wrong. As December is the 12th month of the year, a decade is 12 years.

The next decade will start on 1st January 2028
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Old 31.12.2019, 13:49
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I'm going to be grumpy with anyone (including nearly all the press) who say tonight is the end of the decade!
Then you'd better have a word with DB over on FB!

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Old 31.12.2019, 14:40
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You are totally wrong. As December is the 12th month of the year, a decade is 12 years.

The next decade will start on 1st January 2028

And a decimal is a fraction of 12... not a ten as many of you think...
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Well there was no "Year Zero" (and the Romans didn't have a numeral for zero). So the end of the 10th year is at the end of 10 and the end of the next tenth year is 20. And I'm going to be grumpy with anyone (including nearly all the press) who say tonight is the end of the decade!

But Happy New Year anyway!
You're correct, of course—day 1 of the 1st decade would have been (if today's calendar was in use at the time) 1 January 1, so the next decade starts on 01.01.2021.

But actually, it's all relative; the next decade (or any period of time) starts... now. Or now. Or... now, or now, or now...
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Re: When does the next decade start?

Y2K was a problem of how the year was expressed resulting from the tendency to abbreviate by dropping the 19. (When 16 bits were expensive).

But if people really want to get lazy we should change the way we number the centuries to conform. The 20th century would then be from 2000 to 2099, not 1901 tp 2000.
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Old 31.12.2019, 16:10
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And a decimal is a fraction of 12... not a ten as many of you think...
Makes no sense, and can't find a link to support your claim.

Deci=10, think 'decimate'.

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Old 31.12.2019, 16:21
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Re: When does the next decade start?

Dear children. It’s only next year because we will be able to divide 2020 by 10 without the fractional number. This year it would have been 2019/10=201.9. Next year in December 2020/10=202.

Is that a quiz for challenged and over-comfy inhabitants of Swiss?

Now pls give me 1000th like on the FB for having IQ higher than 10x.
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Old 31.12.2019, 16:37
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You are totally wrong. As December is the 12th month of the year, a decade is 12 years.
'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
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Re: When does the next decade start?

The battle is long lost. I know it's 2021. But from at least 01.01.2000, it's been the 31.12.xxx9 that marks the end of the decade.

It's not unreasonable to say that the 20s start in 2020. It's all arbitrary anyway.
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