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Can you say 2010?

Posted Friday, January 22, 2010, at 3:38 PM

For the past decade most people verbally referred to the year as "two-thousand-five" or whichever instead of "twenty-oh-five."

But I'm beginning to hear more people refer to this year as "twenty-ten" instead of "two-thousand-ten."

So how do you speak it?

Whichever way, my guess is when 2020 rolls around -- think of the expression "20-20" vision -- from that point on "twenty-(insert year)" will take over.


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For as hard as it is for me to say "two thousand ten", I love to say "twenty ten" for some silly reason.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 4:34 PM

It is, after all, The Year We Make Contact. :)

One of our county commissioners has been saying "twenty-oh-[X]" for the past decade. He chairs a committee, and every month he'll read the agenda and refer to approving the minutes of the "December twenty-oh-nine" meeting. Next month, I'm sure he'll approve the minutes of the "January twenty-ten" meeting.

I've always meant to ask him about it, just out of curiosity as to why he says it that way. I don't think there's any rule about one way being better than another, as you say, but I agree with you that most people have been saying "two thousand nine" rather than "twenty-oh-nine."

-- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 7:24 PM

Zager & Evans said "In The Year 2525", and that seemed to be fairly well accepted back in '69, I reckon, because it was #1 for 6 weeks.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 8:22 PM

They guy on CBS Sunday Morning always said "twenty-oh-nine". I kinda picked that up from him.

But I like the sound of "twenty-ten" and it is shorter to say. oldsongs, I liked that song, too. I think it was one of those 'one hit wonders' but it sure was one of those "deep-thinking" songs. Haven't heard it in a looong time!

-- Posted by ILoveRoses on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 10:44 AM

I still say two thousand and ten...guess I just always liked being the "odd man out," lol. 2010 just sounds foreign to me for some reason. I know we always said nineteen ninety-eight, ninety-nine, but who would say two thousand and zero zero, so thus the year two thousand was born and I guess I'm still stuck on it. To each his own...

-- Posted by shawna.jones on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 12:38 PM

"Two thousand zero zero,party's over,Oops! Outta time.

So,tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

I've been saying twenty-ten but I must admit,I was partial to putting on my crotchety old lady voice and saying things like "Well,I recollect,back in the summer of ought six,we didn't have a World Champion at the Celebration."

I survived 1984,got over referring to the "Gay Nineties",said goodbye to the twentieth century and welcomed a 2001 without a Hal or monolith in sight.

I guess we can handle whatever the future brings-and find acceptable names for the years ahead.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 7:10 PM

I say twenty ten. I guess out of habit. I have lived most of my life saying 19whatever. It's hard to break old habits. Our forefathers went from 1899 to saying 1900. It seems natural to say twenty ten. Call me old fashion.

-- Posted by chs61 on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 3:16 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.