Pet Peeve no. 1 The use of B.C. and A.D.


Don’t let my title mislead you, this is not my number one pet peeve, as far as my pet peeve posts it is the first one.

It’s wrong! Legally, around the world it is now B.C.E for Before Common Era and C.E. for Common Era.

It was changed for what I think were obvious reasons…the world has MANY religions besides Christianity. B.C. is for Before Christ and A.D. is for Anno Domini or The year of our Lord, meaning of course Jesus Christ.

Okay, my pet peeve is that B.C. and A.D. are constantly used by institutions and individuals, educational institutions as well as legal institutions as well as authors, reputable historians and college professors. The history channel airs documentaries that do this all the time. The history channel’s shows are always making this mistake. I don’t mean books, lectures or scripts that were written prior to this change, I mean new stuff, as new as yesterday. Shouldn’t universities, textbooks at all levels, legal documents and historians get it right?

It really irritates me.

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