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The phrase "mid-1900s" refers to the middle of the 20th century, but "mid-2000s" is often used to mean around 2005. I wonder which is the correct, acceptable meaning.
The mid-1910s means around 1905, but the mid-1900s means around 1950. There is no simple unambiguous way of referring to the middle of the x00 decade.
The mid 2000s, from our perspective, could mean around 2005, or around 2050.
Another interesting point is that we don't talk about 00s or 10s. We can say the following:
The jazz age was back in the '20s.
The '60s and '70s saw the age of 'free love' etc.
World War One occurred in the '10s. We can say "the 1910s", but even this sounds a bit strange.
Last edited by Raymott; 08-Sep-2009 at 16:23.