Strictly speaking the decade ends on 31 December 2010. We start counting from 1 (i.e. 2001 is the start of the decade) so ten years thereafter would be 2010. But the convention has become that the decade ends on 31 December 2009. Does it really matter, though?
Depends if you want chronological time of vernacular time.
Chronologically: If we started counting at one, then a baby would be 1 year old when it emerges from the womb. It is not, however, and we count only months until 1 year has been completed.
A decade is the same. Given that our calendar started presumably with the birth of Christ (just go with me people, please), then at that point we tick off 12 months and call it year one at the completion of the 12. The next day is year 1 and a day. THen year two and a day, year three and a day, ... year 9 and a day... therefore by this reasoning, a decade is not complete until a full span of ten years has completed itself, meaning, Dec. 31, 2010 marks the completion of 10 years.
Vernacularly: Decades for the sake of conversation and labeling are about like numbers as defined by sets of numerals (teens, twenties, sixties, etc.). In that case, the "decade" starts when the first numeral, the numeral in the "tens place," changes to the next in sequence. The 20's can only be years with a 2 in the first position, seventies with a 7 etc. In which case, this decade ends this year, on the 31st. However, by that reasoning, what do we call this decade, the zero's? The "ones?"
Hey AV...Hope your doing well? UUUH...it probably is not significant...because it seems like trends for a particular decade usually get tacked on to the previous decade for awhile...in some instances; black and white TV sitcoms (50's)and disco (70's)...get credited to a previous decade...off the top of my head. But...based on "Y2K" type of thinking...we were deff headed into the next millenia after midnight of December 31, 1999...so why should that change for "decade" type of thinking?
Good deal......Thanks for posting something fun to debate on, AV. I like the good old debates...actually get to use your wits more in one of them...then in a heated argument I wasn't knocking your thread (No way, bro!) by any means...just trying to win the debate...Ha!
No worries. I know you weren't knocking it. But will anyone really win in the end? I guess come Friday, 1st of Jan, it will be pointless trying to convince some people, seeing as their decade would have all ready begun. The others will have to wait a year.