Letter to the editor: Duped on the decade

Posted 1/8/20

 

We are constantly hearing that this is the end of the decade, unfortunately many TV and radio commentators seem to have forgotten basic math. A decade is 10 years. The first year is one, …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution in 2019-2020, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

Letter to the editor: Duped on the decade

Posted
 
We are constantly hearing that this is the end of the decade, unfortunately many TV and radio commentators seem to have forgotten basic math. A decade is 10 years. The first year is one, not zero. Therefore, a decade consists of the years 1 through 10. Following this logic, the end of the decade is December 31, 2020; not 2019. Some people consider the year Jesus was born as the year zero and count it. I cannot buy that mathematically, though I imagine that is an individual choice.
 
We just went through this same exercise at the turn of a new century. The beginning of the 21st century was Jan 1, 2001, not the year 2000 as was so widely believed. Our calendar started in the year one, there never was a year zero. The same math applies to both the decade and the century. More simply put, we count from one to ten, not from zero to nine.
 
William Hineser,
Arvada

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.