We can establish that the term decade has its etymological origin in Latin. Hence, it derives from “decade” which, in turn, emanates from the Greek “dekas”, which can be translated as “ten”.
A period or stage of ten years is called a decade.
For example: “The hippie movement was very popular in the ’60s”, “This team hasn’t been champion for a decade”, “The Conservative Party aspires to stay in power for at least another decade”.
In general, the idea of decade is used with respect to the tens of each century. If we focus on the 20th century, in this framework, we can talk about the ’20s, the ’40s, the ’60s, the ‘ 70s, or the ’90s, to name a few. The ’20s, in this case, refers to the years 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929. The following year (1930), the ’30s begin.
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A decade, however, can be any period of ten years, also called a decade. If a woman worked from 2004 to 2014 in a company X, she can say that she worked for a decade in the company in question.
It is interesting to know that, throughout history, there have been very specific stages that, due to their unique characteristics, have been defined with the term that concerns us. This would be the case, for example, of the so-called Ominous Decade, which is the one that took place between 1823 and 1833, after the Liberal Triennium. Specifically, it corresponds to the last phase of the reign of Fernando VII (1814 – 1833) in Spain and is also known as the second restoration of absolutism.
Sometimes a somewhat imprecise use of the term decade is made, referring to a period of more than ten years. In Argentina, the Infamous Decade is named after the thirteen-year stage that began in 1930 (when a coup ended the constitutional government of Hipólito Yrigoyen ) and ended in 1943 (when another coup took place, this time against Ramón Castillo ).
In the same way, we cannot ignore that there is a musical group that responds to the name of “The prodigious decade”. It is Spanish, it began in 1983 and is part of the so-called pop genre.
He is known mainly because he makes versions and medleys of hit songs, although he also has some of his own. A good example of the latter is that he came to represent Spain in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the composition titled “Made in Spain. The girl I love.”
Manel Santisteban, Javier de Juan and Manuel Aguilar are the creators of this band that achieved enormous success with albums such as “Los años 60. Vol 1”, “Los años 70” or “Baila con la decade”.