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Topic: Is the year 2000 in the 20th or 21st century?
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kumar yelubandi

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Re: Is the year 2000 in the 20th or 21st century?
Posted: Jun 14, 1996 11:32 AM
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Vincent R. Johns (vjohns@cliff.backbone.uoknor.edu) wrote:
: > Kumar Yelubandi <zookumar@mercury.gaianet.net> wrote:
: > > The THIRD millenium arrives on January 1
: > > of 3000...and is well-settled by January 1 of 3001, when the

Here, third millenium implies the third millenium _year_
which, of course, being counted arrives on 01/01/3000.
It's all about semantics.
Third millenium may also be defined as the interval to
from 01/01/2001 to 01/01/3001...in the measured sense...
and which arrives on 01/01/2001.

: > > luggage arrives...making the arrival complete. Much like
: > > the first annum, which arrives in 1 AD, and is officially
: > > set in place by January 1 of 2 AD. And the first millenium,
: > > which arrives on January 1 of 1000.
: > > Remember, if you count, you must count throughout.
: > > If you measure, you must measure throughout.
: > > The first annum is counted on 1 AD, January 1.
: > > The first decade is counted on 10 AD.
: > > The first century is counted on 100 AD.
: > > The first millenium is counted on 1000 AD.
: > > The second millenium is counted on 2000 AD.
: > > The third millenium is counted on 3000 AD.
[...]
: > > The first annum measured...2 AD, January 1.
: > > The first century measured...101 AD.
: > > The first millenium measured...1001 AD.
: > > The second millenium measured...2001 AD.
: > > The third millenium measured...3001 AD.
[...]
: So am I. Most of these posts have been off (if at all) by at
: most 1 year. Few have missed it by three orders of magnitude
: more than that! :-)

Well...it all depends on the semantics used, no?
And I've been true to the semantics I have used,
barring mental typos.

Cheers from...
Zookumar, who will celebrate the changing of the millenium only
once and on 31/12/1999. And who'll shake his head at those that
admit a false sense of quantification on essentially descriptive
measures of time...tho' I'll probably celebrate with them anyways.
I mean, really, quantification requires accurate starting points,
as opposed to appointed ones...as is the case with the Gregorian
calendar.


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