Antedating of "Yalie"
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Nov 5 17:20:46 UTC 2003
It didn't take long, in the recent past:
"What will the New Year and the decade of the Nifty Nineties bring?" Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1/1/90.
"There will be a very nervous period in our relations with China through the mid-eighties until we see how they pull this off." Dow Jones News Service, 1/21/80.
"Appliances & equipment represented the biggest growth although construction applications are anticipated as the largest market for the seventies." Edge, 7/1/72.
There probably would have been earlier cites for the seventies and eighties, but my database had only limited coverage for those periods.
I think you are right about the currently predominant idea being the new century rather than the new decade.
From: sagehen [mailto:sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 12:10 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Antedating of "Yalie"
I wonder, though, how far into each decade we were when we began to refer
to present circumstances as "the eighties," &c. I think for now the
novelty of the twenty-first century is what strikes us first when we
locate ourselves in time. A designation for the first decade may really not
be needed for a while.
We tend to speak of the early years of the twentieth century, not by decade
but by reference to WWI.
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