It annoys me when I see people try to attach more meaning to it. For example: recent thing with Rick Perry and the American Revolution.
The Texas governor answered a female student’s question on the topic by saying that one of the reasons our founding fathers "fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that type of onerous crown."Is he saying that the Revolution was in the 1500s (which would be pretty bad)? Actually, no! Here's what I think happened:
What do we call the 1900s? The 20th century. Notice how the year and the century are off by one? I get this wrong a lot. I'll say 19th century to refer to 1900s. It's a conversion that we have to make all the time. Year + 1 = Century From this we can see that Perry's mind just had a little reversal: Century + 1 = Year, so if the year was 1700s then century is 16th.
It's a minor, extremely minor, mental mixup.