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01 February 2013 @ 11:48 am
a common error  
When I was in middle school, there was a big change in how to designate our years — you know, that change from using "BC/AD" to "BCE/CE."

When BCE/CE was introduced, it was explained as "Before the Common Era" and "Common Era." But to my still-developing child ears, I heard it as "Before the Common Error" and "Common Error." Which made sense to me, because I thought the "error" referred to a debate over whether or not Christ was born.

When did I learn that it was "era" and not "error?"

When I was a senior in high school.
Raina: Amalthea Seeksbunnynumber13 on February 1st, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I wasn't aware that had been changed.
aestover on February 20th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
You aren't the only one! Half of my medieval history class hadn't known about this until just last month, haha. And I suspect a lot more people don't know of it too.