Turn of the century

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1900 sheet music cover reflecting the era's optimism about a better future through technological progress.

Turn of the century, in its broadest sense, refers to the transition from one century to another. The term is most often used to indicate a distinctive time period either before or after the beginning of a century or both before and after.

According to the Chicago Manual of Style online Q&A, there is no common agreement as to the meaning of the phrase "turn of the n-th century." For instance, if a statement describes an event as taking place "at the turn of the 18th century," it could refer to a period around the year 1701 or around 1800, that is, the beginning or end of that century. As a result, they recommend either using only "turn of the century," and only in a context that makes clear which transition is meant, [1] or alternatively to use a different expression that is unambiguous. [2] "Turn of the century" commonly meant the transition from the 19th century to the 20th century; however, as the generations living at the end of the 20th century survived into the 21st century, the specific number of the referenced century became necessary to avoid confusion. [3]

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  1. "Chicago Style Q&A: Numbers". The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. "Chicago Style Q&A: Usage". The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. Salas, E (1 June 2008). "At the turn of the 21st century: reflections on our science". Human Factors . 50 (3): 351–353. doi:10.1518/001872008x288402. PMID   18689036.