Are the detractors of numerical accuracy equally happy with the common references to the "millenium"? Of course not, because that is a sign of illiteracy. It grieves me that our society has such little regard for numeracy compared with literacy. At a time when government is seeking to promote literacy and numeracy hours in schools, I find it depressing that no respected body such as the Government or the BBC has taken this opportunity to educate the public about what is actually being celebrated.
All have bowed to popular ignorance without a murmur. It should never have been allowed to reach the stage where people who know what they are talking about are being dismissed as pedants and party-poopers.
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