I had not really thought there was a problem with ushering in the new decade until my pal Rick made a quick note about it the other day.
Rubbish. The year 2010 is the last year of the decade, not 2009. The year 2009 is the NINTH year of the first decade of the 21st century. We have another year to go.
Rick is a smart guy, and the logic is sound. I tucked this away in the back of my mind.
It came back again at lunch.
Paying Back Money
I caught part of a Talk Radio show while driving to lunch. The host was having an amiable disagreement with the caller. The hypothetical situation used to prove the host’s position is as follows.
If you owe someone $10.00, you can’t stop at $9.00. You are still short a dollar.
That makes sense, but something did not sit well.
And this is where it hit me. Let’s say that some kind soul gave you an ITunes gift card and you are buy some songs. You download “Another One Bites the Dust (Queen),” “Cars (Gary Numan)” and “You May Be Right (Billy Joel").”
How do you tag these songs that came out in 1980? Are these hits from the 80’s or sounds of the 70’s?
It’s A Floor Wax, It’s A Desert Topping
Perhaps this is not really and either/or situation, but rather, is rooted in the context of how we are use the term decade. Maybe they are not, as Rick points out, the same set of 10 years, but still we frequently use the term interchangeably to refer to both periods.
It’s enough to make your head spin round and round (“right round, like a record baby*”).
See, I told you he was a smart guy!
*Dead or Alive - 1985