Saturday, November 22, 2008

Two Thou

I like the discussion of how current and future years will be pronounced on this page. I think about this stuff a lot. Kind of glad to know I'm not the only one. I had hoped we'd be in "twenty-oh-eight" mode by now.

I think the "oh" is the hold up. Once we get to twenty ten we should be off to the races. Though we can certainly encourage it by saying it ourselves.
But it's interesting, the theory that 2012 might still be called "two thousand twelve," because it has the one syllable--"twelve." Whereas "twenty eleven" has a much better ring than "two thousand and eleven."
You and me both, Jere. I am also like you, and advocated of "twenty oh eight" and, two years from now, "twenty ten." "Two thousand and eight" is too cumbersome, and I hope the "two thousand" disappears soon...

I also remember back in 2000, it used to drive me nuts when some people said the 21st century was beginning that year, when everyone knows that that a century and a millennium cannot begin with a "0", but with a "1" because there was no "Year Zero." After all, the Yankees still haven't won a World Series in the 21st century...

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