The Year 2010

It is the year 2010. Trying to find a spot for this year is a whole to-do. Many would have you assume that the decade “doesn’t really end until December 31, 2010.” But I know better — the decade just ended.

True, there was no year zero, and the date went from December 31, 1 B.C. to January 1, 1 A.D. But no one ever thinks in the ordinal decade system. Ever! A decade is a period of 10 consecutive years. Does 1973-1982 count as a decade? What about 1990-1999? Or 1991-2000? The answer is yes, yes, yes. So why must EVERY decade begin with a year ending in “1” ?

Every decade has a name based on the third digit of the year — except the 1900s and 1910s. The 1990s consists of the years 1990 through 1999, not 2000. The 1960s? It was from 1960 to 1969, and 1970s was never part of the ’60s. Therefore, 2010 is not part of the 2000s because it only has the years 2000-2009. 2010 begins a whole ‘nother decade, so it can’t be the end of the previous decade.

I hope we cleared this mess up.


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