When Does The New Decade Start?

"Does the new decade start at the beginning or at the end of 2010?"
"When does the new decade start?"
"When does *this* decade end?"

I've seen the question posed a few different ways, and I've seen it given two different answers.

The first answer: "the decade begins at beginning of 2010" – the reasoning being that the "Twenty-Tens" or "Tens" decade needs to include to year 2010. This makes sense.

The second answer: "because there was no 'year 0' the next decade doesn't start until the end of the year 2010" – the reasoning being… wait… what?! "Year 0" has nothing to do with this! Are there really people that think that 1990 was part of "the 80s"?! This answer makes as much sense as "it doesn't start until the end of 2010… because pizzas are round."

Besides just being a "10 year period", there is another definition of the word "decade" which specifically addresses this question: a decade is "a period of ten years beginning with a year whose last digit is zero: the decade of the 1980s."

So there you have it. According to me, common sense, and the dictionary, the "new decade" began on January 1, 2010.
(Anyone that claims otherwise, and tries to give you "answer 2" above, either has no clue and is trying to look smarter than they are, or were convinced by such a person.)

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Happy 2010!

Greetings fellow time travelers!

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been posting much (nothing) lately… so, it's EXCUSES TIME! 1) holidays! 2) vacation! 3) new laptop! 4) LAAAAZY! 😛

With that out of the way, I hope everyone had a great 2009, and has an EVEN BETTER 2010! (I think people are going to use exclamation points MORE in 2010! YES!)

Also, a reminder – please don't waste too much time thinking up new year's resolutions. 97% of people don't stick to them anyway. (If you were so determined to go to the gym, why did you have to wait for an arbitrary event like a calendar roll-over?)

To make things easier, here is a "New Year's Resolution Generator"!

I'm totally going to stick with the resolution it gave me…

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Joe knows I'm practically a pro at this already! (Does that mean I'm cheating at resolutions?)

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