21st Century digits

Posted On: Saturday - July 22nd 2023 10:31PM MST
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Look. We're almost 1/4 of the way through the 21st Century. I know. We aren't still writing in COBOL to small databases in which every byte matters. We're not storing programs off our "Trash-80's" on cassette tapes. We've got lots of room for data including 4-digit years. That's not the problem. The problem is that everyone is still saying the "Twenty..." or even "Two thousand and..." before the years in this century they talk about. It's a waste of time, and time is precious. More importantly, it sounds dorkey, and I'm getting tired of it.

A friend mentioned an even worse trend from 5 years ago or so, in which people would say "Two nineteen" for 2019, for example. Then I started noticing it. It was just plain weird. There's no call for that.

Now, Peak Stupidity will write "19" in front of years until it's clear which century we mean. We've gone to using just 2 digits for years in the 21st Century, unless there could be confusion.

Did people in the 1920's still say "Nineteen..." in front of the 20th Century years previous? I doubt it. Let's all go to 2 digits, as we've wasted enough time already with this... yeah, the post too! Oh, and "turn of the century doesn't mean 1900 or 1901 anymore either.

I got that off my chest finally, after 23 years. We don't have a "Pet Peeve" topic key - this goes under "Curmudgeonry", but also music, because there's the Doors song:

The Doors recorded their debut, self-titled album in '66, errrr 1966. This cut, 20th Century Fox is one of the 11 songs on it, none of which I would call a "weak cut". This one isn't long enough for all of the hypnotizing keyboards by Ray Manzarak and guitar solos that take you places by Robby Krieger. As I write, the autoplay function went to Soul Kitchen and then Back Door Man - "You men eat your dinner, eat your pork and beans. I eat more chicken any man ever seen." WTF?! Doesn't matter. These guys are mesmerizing - gonna have to to embed more Doors.

Thanks for reading and commenting this week, Peakers. Have an enjoyable Sunday!

Adam Smith
Tuesday - July 25th 2023 1:13PM MST
PS: 🙃

🎶 For if we don't find
The next whiskey bar...
I tell you we must die 🎶

The Alarmist
Tuesday - July 25th 2023 12:43PM MST

🎶Oh show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Tuesday - July 25th 2023 2:07AM MST
PS: Thanks for reading PS, Kylie!
Monday - July 24th 2023 7:13PM MST

"In the year 2525..." 😀
Monday - July 24th 2023 7:14AM MST
PS: Thanks again, Adam, aka, PS Book Club. I am in the middle of reading Mr. Hail's new post now. (Still on the 1973 article.)
Peak Stupidity Book Club
Sunday - July 23rd 2023 11:35AM MST
PS: Sexual Suicide by George F. Gilder (40MB .pdf)


Sunday - July 23rd 2023 6:19AM MST
PS: Alarmist, there are a dozen songs better than this one I could think of, maybe 2 dozen. It just went with the post. "Love me Two Times" is a good one, though maybe over-played as The Doors go. I'm pretty sure I embedded "The End" with one of the posts here, but MOAR DOARS!

That might explain it, Mr. Hail, your 1st comment. "The twenties", yeah, people still think of the Roaring Twenties. These '20s are roaring in a different way...
Sunday - July 23rd 2023 6:02AM MST

Join me in commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of a landmark document of "the Seventies" (that is the 1970s, for those of you century-specifiers out there) -- "Sexual Suicide," an explosive anti-feminist essay that appeared all across the land this week in 1973:


I find it really interesting to read this "Sexual Suicide" essay in 2023. Amazingly (?), it was first published in the New York Times. Widely republished elsewhere at the time.
Sunday - July 23rd 2023 5:58AM MST

You have mentioned this before and I think I have an answer:

People still think of "the Twenties" as the 1920s (or "the Thirties" as the 1930s, despite only six-and-a-half years away from the 2030s), because the 20th-century periods are considered more real than this one.

In other words, we are in "post-modernity."

The perceived necessity to specify which century we are in has a political-philosophical origin.
The Alarmist
Sunday - July 23rd 2023 3:57AM MST

So, going with “Love me Two Times” would have been too obscure?
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