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When you hear "turn of the century", do you think of 1900 or 2000?

Old 07-16-06, 07:01 PM
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When you hear "turn of the century", do you think of 1900 or 2000?

I imagine most people who were at least in their teens by 2000 would think of 1900 when" turn of the century" is mentioned, and that today's and tomorrow's youngsters will be the first to really think of 2000 when that's mentioned.
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I think it depends 99.9999999% on context, but all other facts being equal 1900 is the one that comes to mind if I do not think of anything else.
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1800 ok realy I think of 1900
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1901 for now, but wait 10 yrs or so

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Primarily base it on context, but I am "teaching" myself to view it as 2000. Given that it was the most recent turn of the century, it kinda makes sense.
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I think of 2000 as the turn of the milennium.
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Actually, the 'turn of the century' OR 'turn of the millenium' was at midnight at the end of December 31, 2000 - as it became 2001.

So there.
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I've only heard it as meaning 1900.
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1900 was my Grandfather's turn of the century.

2000 is my turn of the century, biatch!
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I think of 1900 as the turn of the century.

I think of 1980 as the end of the century, but that's because I've been listening to too much Ramones.
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When I hear " the Turn of the Century", I think of 1900 and will continue to do so. I think of 2001 as "the New Millennium" and anything slightly earlier as "the End of the Twentieth Century".
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15th to 16th century, duh!!

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Old 07-17-06, 12:31 AM
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"Turn of the century" means 1900 to me.
If you want to talk about the more recent turning, you have to sing:


"In the Year 2000"
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I can't recall hearing anyone say this phrase since 2000 kicked in. I'll vote for 1900 then.
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Pretty silly thread. The whole expression "turn of the century" sounds like something Grampa Simpson would say.
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Originally Posted by Seeker
Actually, the 'turn of the century' OR 'turn of the millenium' was at midnight at the end of December 31, 2000 - as it became 2001.

So there.
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Most recent mentions of this phrase have specified "turn of the LAST century" to differentiate between 1901 and 2001. However, I still tend to automatically think "turn of the century" means 1901.

I also agree that using "turn of the millennium" is a better way to phrase it.
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