Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1993 13:04:04 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: name that decade (Message continued): Dar DARE or one of the major dictionaries may have dated files on when the 30s, 40s, and 50s began seriously being referred to as such. When I was growing up, it was commonplace to hear of "the Roaring Twenties", to the extent they they took on an almost mythical dimension, perhaps the way ex-hippies remember the 60s, but the (always Roaring) Twenties were followed by "the (Great) Depression" and "the Depression years", the "the Thirties", and then in turn by "the War" and "the war years", which were followed by "the post-war era". I remember being belatedly shocked into the sensibility that "the Fifties" had even been a characterizable decade only after constant references to "the 60s" began to arise, and only much later to find nostalgic references to movies and radion programs "back in the 40s". So while scattered uses of decade numbers for the 30s, 40s, and 50s may come earlier, the wider popular use I would think is more recent, a product, like many things, of "the 60s". They, an dthe (Roaring) Twenties, are likely to be the only decades remembered as such in this century. --Rudy Troike