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Posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 10, 2004

In Reply to: Yesterday posted by Henry on February 10, 2004

: : : What does the phrase "The Past Century" mean to you? Does it mean the 19th century or the 20th? Up until about 4 years ago it meant the 19th century and you didn't have to think about it. Now I'm not so sure. Whippersnappers in today's high-tech world are already using the phrase to mean the 20th century, but plenty of references published in the past century use it to mean the 19th century.

: : : Just thought I'd mention it.

: : The past century is the 20th century. But I'm in a time warp and still think the "past" is the 19th.

: And what would you mean by yesterday?

Exactly. Someone quoted a source today (Tuesday) on this forum, and the source referred to a phrase people have been using since "the middle of the last century". Well, the publication date of the source was not given but one could reasonably assume it was published in the 20th century and was referring to the 19th century. But for how long can we assume that? I just think it's an interesting thing to ponder.