The 2010 question

Twenty ten2010.

How did you read that? Did you read it as two thousand and ten? Two thousand ten? Twenty ten? Or twenty hundred and ten?

We’ll be there in about 15 months, and when we get there how will it be said? Precedence tells us it will be said as twenty ten. But now, in 2008 (two thousand eight/two thousand and eight — I’m yet to hear twenty o’ eight), I hear people more often say two thousand and ten. When referring to 1908, we say nineteen o’ eight, and 1910 is nineteen ten.

It was easy to say two thousand for the year 2000. It sounds much better than 1900’s nineteen hundred. But when talking about 2010 and beyond the thousand should be dropped.


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