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there's the 70's, 80's, 90's

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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but how are we going to refer to the decade we're in now or all future decades?

i was watching snl specials the other day, one about the show in the 90's & one about the show in the 2000's (2000-2009) & it got me to wondering how we'll refer to this decade & all those yet to pass.  we've already had the '20's, 30's, etc. & to refer to the next decades as such just might get confusing.  will it just always be the 2000's like the 1600's, 1800's & such?

 

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proudmommy690
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM
On the game for the 2000s(like Guess the 90s, they also have Guess the 80s and now Guess the Millineum), they called it the Millineum. Maybe Y2K? Lol.
goldilocksbecky
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM
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We've already had the 20s, 30s, 80s and 90s multiple times . . . There was a 1490s, a 1690s, an 1890s and countless centuries between. And it hasn't caused any confusion.  The most recent one will be shortened to just the ending and the prior ones will be distinguished by putting the century, not just the decade.  At this point "the 30s" or "the 90s" refers to the most recent 30s or 90s.  If you mean the 1830s or the 1790s you add the century.  

The same thing will happen again. The 2020s and 2030s will be called "the 20s" or "the 30s" and if you mean the 1920s or 1930s you'll say 1920s or 1930s.  By the time we get to the next 70s, 80s and 90s, those of us who remember the 1970s, 80s and 90s will be dead and gone (or senile and toothless).  The main population then will have no ties to our version and no problem calling 2080 "the 80s" and what we think of as "the 80s" will be "the 1980s".  It will just be history to them.  Time marches on.

momofsixangels
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I was thinking  about this too

lizzig
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

 i know we've had those decades repeatedly but we weren't around then which is why they are lumped into the century when refering to them; 1400's, 1700's etc.

but in 20 years from now, when we're still around do you really forsee us refering to the 1920's as that & not simple the 20's & reserving that for 2020?  i don't.  far off in the future when we are all gone i'm sure they'll do just that but i can't see that in the next few decades.

Quoting goldilocksbecky:

We've already had the 20s, 30s, 80s and 90s multiple times . . . There was a 1490s, a 1690s, an 1890s and countless centuries between. And it hasn't caused any confusion.  The most recent one will be shortened to just the ending and the prior ones will be distinguished by putting the century, not just the decade.  At this point "the 30s" or "the 90s" refers to the most recent 30s or 90s.  If you mean the 1830s or the 1790s you add the century.  

The same thing will happen again. The 2020s and 2030s will be called "the 20s" or "the 30s" and if you mean the 1920s or 1930s you'll say 1920s or 1930s.  By the time we get to the next 70s, 80s and 90s, those of us who remember the 1970s, 80s and 90s will be dead and gone (or senile and toothless).  The main population then will have no ties to our version and no problem calling 2080 "the 80s" and what we think of as "the 80s" will be "the 1980s".  It will just be history to them.  Time marches on.

 

goldilocksbecky
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Yes, I do.  I'm old enough to have known people who lived in the late 1800s.  In the 1970s and 80s, they would put in the 18 when refering to the 1880s or 90s.  Some would refer to is as "18 and 92" or something like that.  But they knew to distinguish it.  

Most of us have no personal connection to the 1920s or 1930s.  We weren't born then.  We know about them in a historical sense.  And every year that passes the general population gets more and more removed from it.  (Fewer people who lived in the time or personally know someone who lived in the time).  We will have a personal connection to the 2020s and 2030s.  They will be our "20s" and "30s".   

Quoting lizzig:

 i know we've had those decades repeatedly but we weren't around then which is why they are lumped into the century when refering to them; 1400's, 1700's etc.

but in 20 years from now, when we're still around do you really forsee us refering to the 1920's as that & not simple the 20's & reserving that for 2020?  i don't.  far off in the future when we are all gone i'm sure they'll do just that but i can't see that in the next few decades.

Quoting goldilocksbecky:

We've already had the 20s, 30s, 80s and 90s multiple times . . . There was a 1490s, a 1690s, an 1890s and countless centuries between. And it hasn't caused any confusion.  The most recent one will be shortened to just the ending and the prior ones will be distinguished by putting the century, not just the decade.  At this point "the 30s" or "the 90s" refers to the most recent 30s or 90s.  If you mean the 1830s or the 1790s you add the century.  

The same thing will happen again. The 2020s and 2030s will be called "the 20s" or "the 30s" and if you mean the 1920s or 1930s you'll say 1920s or 1930s.  By the time we get to the next 70s, 80s and 90s, those of us who remember the 1970s, 80s and 90s will be dead and gone (or senile and toothless).  The main population then will have no ties to our version and no problem calling 2080 "the 80s" and what we think of as "the 80s" will be "the 1980s".  It will just be history to them.  Time marches on.

 


wandep
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

LOL don't know.

elasmimi
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I still haven't decided of we are living in 2014 or two thousand fourteen, lol.

lizzig
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

 lol!  good point mama!  guess we should decide that first! ;o)

Quoting elasmimi:

I still haven't decided of we are living in 2014 or two thousand fourteen, lol.

 

ablackdolphin
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
I am old lol
alliesmom112
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

good question, I hadn't even thought about it 

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