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Free for All roundup of short critiques of The Post

Gloria D. Tucker, Rockville

The decade (cont'd.)

The Post seems blissfully unaware of the debate over what 10 years means. The Jan. 2 lead editorial, "America the safer," began: "As you have no doubt heard, the first 10 years of the 21st century were dreadful."

During every year ending in a "9," we get a spate of articles referring to the end of a decade.

The fact is that we have been through only the first nine years of the 21st century. It is called the 21st century because it ends in the year 2100, not 2099.

Since there never was a year numbered '0' and a decade has 10 years, the end of the decade or century will always be a year ending in 0, not in a 9.

Surely even journalists can figure that out.

Joan Makurat, Fairfax

Quoting bad grammar

Please tell me the wisdom behind printing a quote with a glaring grammatical error by the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas in the lower right corner of the Jan. 4 front page: "If we was winning games, everybody would be saying I'm having a great year."

Was this a mindless oversight on your part? A not-so-subtle approval of situational grammar?

The Post is guilty of cheapening the language and lowering the bar for everyone.

Peter Austin, Ashton


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