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CONLANG Digest - 2 Jan 2000 to 3 Jan 2000 (#2000-4)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 4, 2000, 6:27
> From: Melissa Phong <melissap@...> > Subject: Fwd: Re: CHAT: Happy New Year! Parinaye! > > >I don't think it would be unreasonable to imagine that this decade could > >revive the word "ought" for zero. > > I've noticed people keep writing ought, but isn't it *aught*? > > Ought for the auxiliary, aught for the number.
Er. Right.. my dictionary lists 'ought' as a variant of 'aught'. [being 'an aught', from 'a naught'.] I'd rather use 'naught', considering 'aught' means 'something' or anything'... but then I'm probably strange that way, having been known to use both words...
> From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> > Subject: Re: Yawn....err...Happy...uh...Millennium....or something...? > > bjm10@CORNELL.EDU wrote: > > Point out the officially recognized year zero, if you can. > > In *any* Western (and most other civilizations) chronology. When does a > month begin? Day 1, not Day 0, what's January when giving dates in > short form? Month 1, not 0 (the first day of the year is 1/1, not > 0/0). And in 12-hour time, there's no 0 hour, it starts with 1. Of > course, 24-hour time starts with 0. > > Also, the Mayans used 0 in their calendar.
Know why? The Mayans had zero. When our calendar was invented, we didn't. Saw an article:
> From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> > Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: CHAT: Happy New Year! Parinaye! > > But for 2001, I've always heard "two thousand one"
"Me too".. though I've once heard 'Y2L' offered.
> From: Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> > Subject: Re: Yawn....err...Happy...uh...Millennium....or something...? > > Seeing's as how my sleeping right through it makes clear, it wasn't a > very big deal for me, i don't get into the whole 2000 vs. 2001 fight. > But, as in everything (well, almost everything) linguistic: > > common usage. :-P ;-)
I get the idea that 'millennium' will soon become 'common usage' for 2001. (Such as I've heard people making plans for 'the real millennium' already...) *Muke!