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doughowk
02-05-2010, 05:12 PM
decade
n decade [ˈdekeid, diˈkeid]
a period of ten years the first decade of this century (= 1900–09).

Also see Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decade)
So we are in the 2nd decade of the 21st century, at least culturally.

As to snow, I lived in DC & Charlottesville area for 25 years and had only one heavy snowfall (sometime in late 70's). I'm envious. Its rainy and in 60's here.

Vaughn
02-05-2010, 05:23 PM
No, I went to both, because I never miss a party. Where were you when we had the real party?

I got snowed in :p

RalphLambrecht
02-05-2010, 06:22 PM
decade
n decade [ˈdekeid, diˈkeid]
a period of ten years the first decade of this century (= 190009).

Also see Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decade)
So we are in the 2nd decade of the 21st century, at least culturally.

As to snow, I lived in DC & Charlottesville area for 25 years and had only one heavy snowfall (sometime in late 70's). I'm envious. Its rainy and in 60's here.

Interesting. For me the first time to see Wikepedia wrong, unless the first decade AD was 9 years long. Oh, cultural decades, I got it!

Christopher Walrath
02-05-2010, 08:35 PM
Dateline Milton . . .

Shortly after three this afternoon the snow begins to fall. Very faintly at first, the 'white stuff' continues to intensify as The Boomerang Blizzard encroaches on the east coast of the United States of America. Having already dumped nearly a foot of snow or more in the central Appalachains, this storm seems as though it could rival the infamous President's Day storm of 2003, to the north anyway. Relatively low accumulations are called for on the Demlmarva Peninsula south of Dover, Delaware (8-12"). The forecast is for 12" to 24" otherwise. It looks to be a good old fashioned Canadian butt-whoopin' in the grandest style. And the horse turd tears just keep on comin'.

Christopher Walrath
02-05-2010, 08:48 PM
Wow, you get downright pithy when you're snowbound. Guess you can take the old fart outta California but you can't take the California outta the old fart. :p

Vaughn
02-05-2010, 08:56 PM
:D:D:D

Christopher Walrath
02-05-2010, 09:28 PM
Well, stepped out for a smoke and a shovel. A bit over an inch thus far. Still very fine flakes. Heavier stuff still to get here.

36cm2
02-06-2010, 01:03 AM
Should only get a couple of inches in Northern NJ, but I just finished my darkroom, so you can bet it's a printing weekend! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Rick A
02-06-2010, 05:58 AM
Geez- woke up to a whole inch and a half this morning -- and it isn't snowing any more. I suppuse we got what was predicted. I was realy hoping for a couple of feet of the white shtuff. Guess I'll pack up the family to where theres lots more of it, and take the skis, and the mutts, and a big picnic, get some skinny-skiing in. Crap, there isn't even enough to get decent sledding any where close by. Chris, can we come visit, and play in the snow down there?(just kidding) I love to X-C, its one of the few things that is low impact on my ailing body, and its fun.

Rick

doughowk
02-06-2010, 07:36 AM
Don't want to beat a dead horse, but from the Yourdictionary.com

Decade
a period of ten years; esp., in the Gregorian calendar
1. officially, a ten-year period beginning with the year 1, as 1921-1930, 1931-1940, etc.
2. in common usage, a ten-year period beginning with a year 0, as 1920-1929, 1930-1939, etc.
As with most aspects of the English language (e.g., spelling, pronunciation), common usage will prevail over "official" prescriptions.

jgjbowen
02-06-2010, 07:54 AM
looks like a darkroom day.....yesterday's 3" of snow received about 1" of rain and has all but disappeared in Richmond. Still some snow from last weekend's storm, but nothing to get very excited about.

RalphLambrecht
02-06-2010, 09:27 AM
Don't want to beat a dead horse, but...

Oh come on, let's beat that dead horse. It's so much fun, and the snow story seems to be over anyway:

Wikepedia is a bit confusing in defining the term 'decade', but is pretty elaborate when it comes to the term 'century':

According to the Gregorian calendar, the 1st century C.E. started on January 1, 1 and ended on December 31, 100. The 2nd century started at year 101, the third at 201, etc. The n-th century started/will start on the year 100n - 99. A century will only include one year, the centennial year, that starts with the century's number (e.g. 1900 is the final year in the 19th century).

It is a commonly held misconception that the 20th century ended on December 31, 1999. The 20th century actually ended on December 31, 2000, its centennial year. In the United States, this fact has been disputed with major media calling December 31, 1999 the end of the 20th century. The century referred to as the 1900s would, however, end on December 31, 1999.


...As with most aspects of the English language (e.g., spelling, pronunciation), common usage will prevail over "official" prescriptions.

So, if one is wrong, he just needs to find enough others to be wrong too, and everything is fine. We will never let facts stay in the way of opinions, will we now?

Too bad my grammar teachers didn't buy that one.

doughowk
02-06-2010, 10:06 AM
The debate over "decade" reminds me of one of my undergrad English professors during the 60s who insisted that we pronounce "don juan" as in the Italian = don jew'n. It may be correct, but I don't hear many (any in America) pronounce it that way. One of the better aspects of English language as practiced by Americans is how flexible, may we even say democratic, it is.

keithwms
02-06-2010, 10:14 AM
One of the better aspects of English language as practiced by Americans is how flexible, may we say even democratic, it is.

Ah yes, there is Houston=HOW-st'n in Manhattan and then there is Houston=HYOO-st'n in Texas. Or the way some people say it down there, Hee-YOO-st'n.

I am sure most APUGers are familiar with the three (or four) pronunciations of Louisville. After considerable on-site training I am able to render it luh'avul as most natives would have it. When I first went to KY I said Lewisville and was greeted with guffaws.

Now van Huyck, how do Americans typically render that one? Van hike? Van hook? Van hick?

I have an easier name for American pronunciation, it is typically "whi'ms." It seems the double L is disappearing in many parts of the southern US, hispanified one might say. So wall is becoming waw, y'all is becoming yaw. Well at least we aren't turning th into f like certain parts of England :rolleyes:

Darkroom317
02-06-2010, 10:17 AM
They are now predicting 4-8 inches here in Arkansas on Monday. The snow from last week finally melted with a bit still here. I've been having a lot of fun with FP4+ and the snow. :)

We had a pretty good hour of snow yesterday from the storm that's hitting you guys.

keithwms
02-06-2010, 10:21 AM
Steve! Go back to balancing your pennies on your hassie ;)

TheFlyingCamera
02-06-2010, 10:46 AM
well, back on topic, we're over 2 feet of snow here in DC. And they're predicting another 8-10 hours of snowfall.

colrehogan
02-06-2010, 11:16 AM
well, back on topic, we're over 2 feet of snow here in DC. And they're predicting another 8-10 hours of snowfall.

We barely got a dusting here. It rained here most of yesterday. :(

brian steinberger
02-06-2010, 11:18 AM
We're in at 22" now, still snowing for a few more hours yet.

RalphLambrecht
02-06-2010, 11:35 AM
We're in at 22" now, still snowing for a few more hours yet.

Aren't you guys all on the wrong site? Try this:

http://www.weather.com/maps/dopplerradarusnational.html