Friday, January 1, 2010

The Burning Question of the Year

Will you call it "twenty-ten" or "two thousand ten"?

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Shelly

14 comments:

  1. Twenty-ten, for sure. I think it's generational. If the bulk of your schooling and/or adult years was in the 19s, you're used to pronouncing the first two digits and then the second. If you were born, let's say, post-1985, you're likely to be most comfortable with how most of us pronounced the 2000s.

    It'll be fun to see how it all turns out!

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  2. My kids and I have been discussing this for a few days now. They insist everyone will continue with two thousand ten, but I heard all the news casters call it twenty ten this morning. I imagine they won't leave us much choice and will set the standard for us all. I tend to say two thousand ten myself, but I'm sure that will change.

    ahhh, such a dilemma!

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  3. "Twenty-ten" is easier to say, but I'm used to saying "Two thousand nine." Time will tell! Matt is voting for twenty-ten.

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  4. Twenty-ten is easier--I'm with Jodi on that. But since I'm "older" per Jennifer it will take time to get used to it. I've been thinking about it too. To me, saying 20- 10 makes more sense since we said 19-99 and not one thousand nine hundred ninety nine. Been thinking about it myself.

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  5. twenty-ten. But it sounds a little weird, almost like text-speak or something!

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  6. I haven't actually said it yet - so I'm not sure. I'm guessing I'll say "twenty ten" but who knows. . . ?

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  7. Thank you. You have all confirmed my hope that we will move on from the "two thousands" and move on to 20-10. Why waste syllables, right? :)

    Anyone else? I'd love to know your thoughts.

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  8. OK, I hadn't thought about that, but I would have said "two thousand ten" -- but now you have me thinking I'll say 20 10.

    We were discussing something like this with family -- how you will say the shorter version (such as when you say the '09 school year). My in law was saying at work, they refer to it as 010 (sounds like "oh ten") and have gone from saying 09 to 010. We thought that was funny, why not just say 10. But just 10 can be confusing... oh well, I ramble.

    Thanks for these thoughts my mind would never consider otherwise!

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  9. Carolyn, that's funny you said "oh-ten" because B said he's heard that at work too. That's just wrong. Altogether wrong.

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  10. It HAS to be 20 - 10. Then, next year will be 0.

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  11. Twenty ten seems to just roll off your tongue much easier than two thousand ten.

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  13. Lisa - I totally agree.

    Anonymous - thanks . . . I think. Glad you're reading!! :)

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  14. Twenty-ten is inevitable. Say "2020". You didn't just say two-thousand-twenty, did you?

    And it makes sense. 20 comes after 19. And while nineteen-oh-nine rolls off the tongue easier than twenty-oh-nine, anything after 2009 is easier said as twenty-_____.

    In 2075 (when I'm 100), we'll all forget it was ever a conversation and twenty-seventy-five will be a natural new Year's pronounciation.

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