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the year dot | the year one

Meaning: You can say "the year dot", or "the year one", when you're talking about a very, very long time ago.

For example:

  • There have been people living in Australia since the year dot, but Europeans have only been there for about two hundred years.

  • People have been interested in the stars and the moon since the year one.

Note: "The year dot" is more common in British and Australian English, while "the year one" is more common in American English.

Quick Quiz:

People have been living in the Nile valley since the year dot. They've been there
  1. for an extremely long time
  2. since the tenth century
  3. for quite a while

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