learning to count to 10

Let’s clear something up, OK? This morning, on the radio, they were playing songs from Rolling Stone’s top songs of the decade, because the decade is supposedly coming to an end. Baloney.

When we started the new century and the new millennium , some people wanted to do that in the year 2000. Wrong-o. 

When we count things, we start with one thing, not zero things. When we count 10 things, we start with 1 things and end with 10 things.

The first century started with the year 1 and ended with the year 100. The 20th Century started with 1901 and ended with 2000. The 21st Century – and the 3rd millennium – started in 2001 and will end with a year ending with a zero.

The current decade is 2001 – 2010.  Ten years, not nine. So we have one more year to go in this decade. Do not, for the sake of sense and sanity allow anyone to tell you otherwise.

Here is a table of the centuries, going back to Christ, plus some decades.

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Century First Year Last year
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1 1 100
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2 101 200
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3 201 300
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4 301 400
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5 401 500
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6 501 600
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7 601 700
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8 701 800
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9 801 900
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10 901 1000
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11 1001 1100
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12 1101 1200
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13 1201 1300
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14 1301 1400
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15 1401 1500
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16 1501 1600
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17 1601 1700
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18 1701 1800
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19 1801 1900
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20 1901 2000
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21 2001 2100
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Decade First Year Last Year
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Last 1991 2000
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Current 2001 2010
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Next 2011 2020
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One thought on “learning to count to 10

  1. Interesting post. I'll keep my ears open for people celebrating the end of a decade and correct them… or point them to your post. :)Hope you have a blessed 2010!

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