Year 2010: Twenty Ten or Two Thousand and Ten?

Date: January / 03 / 2010 + Comments: 1

Facing how to read the actual year: 2010: Twenty Ten or Two Thousand Ten, representatives for the University of Washington, the state Democratic Party and the Mariners say they don’t know what they’re going to do.

Some people say:

Oh, Lord, I have no idea
– UW spokesman Bob Roseth

I just don’t know. I’m leaning toward twenty-ten. It’s shorter.
– Dwight Pelz, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Mariners marketing experts have been mulling the decision and are likely to follow whatever trend emerges, according to team spokeswoman Rebecca Hale.

Canada: Across the border, Canadians have no qualms about officially proclaiming the Winter Olympics “Vancouver Twenty-Ten.”

It’s a no-brainer. I never understood why anyone uttered “two-thousand-one” in the first place. No one ever said they were going to party like it’s “nineteen-hundred and ninety-nine.”

I blame Arthur C. Clarke for his novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the 1968 big-screen version of it. People were conditioned when the movie came out.

I tried to fight the trend at the turn of the last decade. That was one windmill just too big for me.

– Tom Torriglia, president of the National Association of Good Grammar (NAGG).

Australia: An Australian Broadcasting Company poll in 2000 reportedly found that 60% of people favored “two-thousand-ten” over “twenty-ten.”

The author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language has predicted that 2010 will be “two thousand ten,” but 2011 will be “twenty eleven,” according to The Times of London. David Crystal says it’s a matter of rhythm, and he thinks the rhythm of “two thousand and ten” is better than “twenty ten.”

A UW linguist predicted that personal pronunciations will be divided.

This is one of the places that our language allows variability and … we will not converge on one way
– Alicia Beckford Wassink, associate professor of linguistics at the University of Washington

I’d be surprised if anybody is instructed to do it one way or the other. It will probably be a matter of personal preference.
– the UW’s Roseth

How to call to the last decade?

In addition to the debate over what to call the year, there’s what to call the decade. The “twenty-tens?” The “twentens?” The “Teens?” Or, the top choice in one contest in Australia: the “one-ders.”

Via Seattle Times

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Post author: Daniel Semper

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  1. Tiago says:

    everyday passing by I realize that english is sometimes stupid and senseless.

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