Let’s start off 2010 by making my position clear: it is not a new decade. Or, it is a new decade, just as 2009 and every year is the end of one ten-year period and the start of another. The first decade of the Common Era was years 1-10. (No one uses zero as an ordinal number except computer engineers, who had not been invented in the Year One. Today is not the 0th day of January. This is not my 0th post of 2010. When Wes Welker catches a Tom Brady pass on 3rd and 7 and gains 12 yards, the ref does not announce “0th down!”) The second decade of the Common Era started on New Year’s Day of year 11. 1,999 years have passed from January 1, 11 to January 1, 2010. 1,999 is not a factor of ten. Therefore today, while the start of the 10’s, is not the start of the 201st decade of the Common Era. Agreed?
Probably, no. I can’t even convince my family. Before he drove off on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends (it was a long drive), I discussed this controversy with Nate. His explanation for why today is the start of a new decade? “The first decade was short. Only nine years.” He said that, right to my face! That’s what happens when you send your kids to college to become liberal arts majors.
Happy New Year, readers.