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33 Years of Limbo
By Charlotte M Spurrill   

Last edited: Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

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"...teachers of all people...actually tell their students that 'A.D.' means 'After Death'."

This is something of a rant, so if you don't like rants, don't read on, k? :)

Do you want to know something that really makes me mad?! Apparently thousands of English-speaking people in North America who've never actually thought about it, still believe that "A.D." means "After Death". Just because Latin is a dead language doesn't mean that the average person can't ponder for long enough to realise that if "B.C." means "Before Christ" and "A.D." means "After Death" then there must have been 33 years of "limbo time" that were never numbered between Jesus' birth and death.

Well, maybe when it's the "average" person, it's understandable. What really infuriates me is when teachers of all people--who've been to 5+ years of university and hopefully learned something in the process--actually tell their students that "A.D." means "After Death". Maybe this doesn't happen anywhere else, but it's happened more than once in my hometown.

A bit of history: When they were making up the calender we use today, they put year one (1 A.D.) when they believed Jesus had been born. He didn't die until 33 years later (33 A.D.).

So, just to let those of you who don't already know in on the secret, "A.D." is an abbreviation for "Anno Domini" and means "The Year of Our Lord" in Latin.

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Reviewed by Fritz Barnes 12/11/2002

Only because you asked. :)

aparrently -> apparently
btwn -> between
leared -> learned
anywere -> anywhere
abrevation -> abbreviation

Feel free to delete this comment when you are finished with it.

Keep writing!

<))> <

Reviewed by Aidan Spurrill 3/12/2002
I've experienced the stupidity of teachers firsthand, actually having to correct my grade 8 Humanities teacher, and the rest of the class, when she tried to tells us that A.D. meant "After Death." Even after I corrected her, she tried to justify herself by saying that "After Death" is easier to remember than some Latin words. Very patiently, I explained that A.D. is measured from after Christ's birth, NOT his death. I'm still not sure to this day that she actually got it and realized her own ignorance.
Reviewed by Charlotte Spurrill 2/28/2002
ok Esther, i fixed that word, but what other words are spelled wrong?
Reviewed by Esther Spurrill (Reader) 2/27/2002
Some people are so completely clueless! By the way, you spelled "speled"(and a bunch of other words) wrong. :)

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