Can’t count

I wish people would stop telling us that it’s the last X of the decade. It isn’t.

Let’s get this right. A decade is 10 years. This year is 2019, which ends in a 9. It is the ninth year of a ten year decade. There is one more whole year to go after this year before the decade comes to an end.

The first year was year 1, the second year 2 and so on. The tenth year was year 10. At the end of a year ending with a multiple of 10 we end a decade. The year 100 was the hundredth year, the end of a century. The end of 1999 was not the end of a century as we still had one year to go.

Not that ending a decade or century has any special meaning anyway…

So stupid

I have discovered a new word to be banned from the English language. It is ‘so’, especially when people are asked questions, thus:

Q: What job do you do, Fred?

A: So, I used to be a doctor…

Q: Emma, what are your hobbies?

A: So, I used to have a cat that loved sardines…

It adds nothing to anything. All people who start sentences with this word should disappear…

The ‘expert’

I have grumbled about YouTube videos before. I am not interested in posted versions of plays, tv programmes or music, nor am I interested in postings about celebrities, fashion and all that stuff.

I quite like informative or helpful videos.

It’s great to see a video called, for example, “The top five features of X that you have never used.” You assume that the person is some kind of expert on the subject.

Then the video begins and it’s re-phrased. “Five useful features of X”.

There was one the other day that said “All the albums by Y from worst to best.” Almost the very first thing the presenter said was “this does not put these albums in order from worst to best.”


Anyway, the presenter is some kind of expert. I am listening to you because you have knowledge that I don’t.

There is one series by a nice Australian lady about Maths/Physics at university. She has made a large number of videos and seems to speak with some authority. And yet she has made a complaining video about how people see her as an expert. She doesn’t like it. They ask for advice or information, and she’s not happy about that.

Honestly, time to go elsewhere, I think.