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Dec 16, 2009 4:14 pm

Decade Ends

Last year, I wrote a piece about the widespread tendency to treat each decade as if it had a distinct character or quality, and about the problem this causes given the lack of a commonly accepted way to refer to the present decade. The discussion spilled over into a second column.

Well, more than 18 months later, it seems that nothing much has changed. The topic has just come up at the U.S Intellectual History blog. I suppose something will crystallize out eventually but that won't be well into the 'Teens.

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