Back on topic: I had another argument with an adult who was insisting AD means After Death, not Anno Domini, except she was insisting that "Anno Domini" is latin for "After Death".
I've heard that one a lot. I think it's a pretty common misconception, which at least kind of makes sense... same initials, translation fuzziness, etc.. BC = Before Christ, AD must be some kind of "After Christ," right?
What gets me is when people argue/insist that they're right, instead of saying, "Really? I always thought X. Is that not so? Can we look it up?"
I remmeber being taught thi is a semi-kind of way.
We were taught that AD means Anno Domini etc etc, and that lots of people use the words "After Death" as a way to remember the time reference. We were expressly taught that the AD date marker didn't match up with the supposed date of death because the 33 years of Jesus life causes a hiccup, but that it was nearish enough to use as a rough guide.
Still doesn't make sense to my brain. I was told BC marked the time before the supposed birth of Jesus and AD marked the time after the supposed birth of Jesus. To me that is more accurate and easy to understand.
OK it usually led to me arguing what about people in cultures not dominated by Christian faith why should their calendar be dominated by not their religion. Then in 10th the teacher pointed out that many of the months and days take their names from early Greek/Roman religion and no-one is complaining about that.
Which brings up an interesting question. In countries with cultures (China, Japan and Israel are the three that pop to mind) that have other ways of numbering the years/different New Years do they use their traditional way and convert like with time zones when dealing with the west, or do they use the Gregorian Calendar?