On Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:29:12 +0100, [UTF-8?]SaaÅ¡ha Metsärantala wrote
> > I have another suggestion: the posfix "s". [...] When I speak of the
1990s, for example, I mean what you now call 199.. Why not call it that!
[...] One could extend it too to other units such as century etc.. It is
kind of like a reversed decimal point.. 0s means decade... Can dicuss all
the other combinations..
> That seems good, too! But, I still wonder what the first decade of the
1900s would be denoted.
Let me see if I can define a more consistent approach:
1980s := the decade of the 1980s
1900s := the decade of the 1900s, e.g. 1900-1910
100s := the decade of the 100s, e.g. 100-110
0s := decade starting at 0.
The s meaning "decade" and the 0 meaning starting at 0.
So 1980s is the 198th decade
Then we can get semantics for things like 1985s. to be something like
a year measured 1985 with a precision of 10 years. Really a decade shifted
If we define
sNN where NN is years precision.
s := s10. The default is 10 years precision
This gives us something like
1980s10 would be the same as 1980s
1985s2 as a date around 1985 with a precision of 2 years
1985s1 is the same as 1985
Edward C. Zimmermann, NONMONOTONIC LAB