Happy 2010!

by Ryan on January 1, 2010

in Anything Else,Culture,Media,Media Bias,Pop Culture

Happy New Year from all of us here at AOR!  Hope your 2010 is great!  Good luck with your resolutions (gym’s love the month of January) and we hope the hangover is manageable — just watch the bowl games and relax!

Many people are considering this year to be the beginning of a new decade.  It’s technically not since our calender has no Year Zero, but that’s not stopping many in the media — when the pop culture makes a stand, it will not be denied!  Even so, two questions have popped up in the last few days that need some answering eventually:

1. What do we call the first decade of the 21st Century?  the Oughts? the O-O’s? the Two-thousands?  It’s still a bit unclear.

2. How do you say 2010?  Two Thousand and Ten or Twenty-Ten?

While the answer to #1 is a debate which is likely to continue for a while, I’ve already chosen an answer to #2.  I’m calling this year Twenty-Ten.  They didn’t call it “One Thousand Nineteen Hundred and Ten;” it was “Nineteen-Ten.”  I’m following suit.  What do you think?  I’d like to have some opinions to #1 since I’m not sure what to call it either!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike January 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

It technically is the beginning of the new decade. A decade is defined as a period of ten years; it isn’t defined as specific periods of ten years from a speciifc starting point. Since we label our decades according to the “tens number”, this is indeed a new decade. By definition, 1990 cannot be a part of the 1980s, but by definition it is part of a decade called the 1990s.


Chris January 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm

My vote goes to “twenty-ten”


Sal January 2, 2010 at 12:48 am

@Chris – I agree, 2010.

@Mike, you’re right, but it does present an interesting situation at the end of every century. The year 2000 is part of the 00′s, but also technically part of the 20th century (as there was no year “0″. So, the year 2000 (and 1900 and 1800) are years that exist in a different century than other years of its decade.

The definition of a decade along with the “no year 0″ rule also generates another unique situation; going back to the first century, there existed a stretch of years that cannot be called a decade. A.D. 1 through A.D. 9 was a 9-year stretch (as well as 1 B.C. through 9 B.C.).

Angles on the head of a pin, yes; but hey, why not?


Mike January 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

We can’t say the years 1-9 A.D. are not part of a decade; of course they are. Let’s take the year 8 A.D. That is part of the decade spanning 8-17 A.D. and the decade from 7-16 A.D. and so on. A decade is “a” period of ten years, not a specific period of ten years. The fact that the first nine years don’t fit into a label doesn’t change that.

And despite Dr. Williams’ attempt yesterday, the “no zero” rule and relationship to centuries are irrelevant. Decades aren’t specific until labeled. We just happen to use the tens digits. It’s a new decade, by definition.


rightonoz January 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm


Hey guys, Happy New Year from the World’s greatest (????) socialist paradise. Got room for me over there?? Obamaworld can’t be as bad as Cruddnation.

The start of another decade in the grips of Chairman Kevin Crudd. Our state has a Labor leader also, so double wham for us right thinking individuals.

Now that I’m ‘semi retired’ (still quite a few years to go before official retirement age and still own several companies plus ‘contract’ work, however starting to take more relaxation time with the ‘boss’ aka Mrs Oz)

I decided to purchase a bus (25ft) and begin to convert it to a motorhome mid 2009 (I know easier to just buy one, however if I don’t keep the brain and hands active with new challenges I might descend to self abuse and other depravities – or even turn communist). Just had a glorious 10 days touring through Northern NSW (another socialist paradise :-( ) in the bus. The electrics work (beer and wine kept cool in a heatwave), the bed was comfortable – good start. Only pulled out the notebook to log on to the office once. Mrs Oz was suitably happy and relaxed!

Hope 2010 is a good year for all of you.



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