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I’ve heard quite a bit of discussion of late as to whether 2010 marks the beginning of a new decade. Some would argue the new decade doesn’t begin until 2011. I would argue they are wrong.

While it’s tempting to leave you hanging on this one, I’ve decided to lay out my case for the decade beginning in 2010, not 2011.

Think back to when you were a child. Remember how important it was to turn 10? It meant you were no longer in single digits – heck, you were almost a teenager! It is a rite of passage we continue as adults. We celebrate the big 3-0, the big 4-0, the big 5-0 and etc. We do not celebrate turning 31, or 41, or 51. Because at that point, we are already in the corresponding decade.

Granted, I can hear you nay-sayers out there, who insist, “But, Liz – we celebrate turning 21, not 20.”

To which I’d respond that there is an exception to every rule, then defy you to find other examples.

To further illustrate the point that the new decade is in full swing, I ask you to look back to New Year’s Eve, 1999, when we sat wating to usher in a new decade. The decade, thus, began in 2000. We counted 2000 as year 1 in the new decade. So 2009 was year 10 – or a full decade.

Of course there are those who believe we don’t start counting at 0 – that we started counting at one. While I see their rationale, I still say they’re off-base in a belief that the new decade doesn’t begin until 2011 – not to mention they’re also a decade behind.


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