What Is It, Two-Thousand Ten or Twenty-Ten?

The debate is underway on what to call the first decade mark of the new century that we'll soon be ringing in.

 

 The debate is underway on what to call the first decade mark of the new century that we'll soon be ringing in.

You may remember when 1999 turned into 2000, naming the year the long way -- two-thousand one, two-thousand two -- became pretty much standard.

But not everyone seems to be in agreement that is the best way to continue. Some people believe twenty-ten, twenty-eleven and so on would be the best way to go. Others firmly believe we need to continue the way we've been doing it.

While there are many more important things to think about, maybe this little debate can take your mind off of all of that other stuff for a little while.

 So what is it, two-thousand ten or twenty-ten?

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  • by To Ted on Dec 20, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Get a grip... While I had not previously thought about it, it's not as stupid as you make it sound. You seem like a very grumpy old man. On the subject, I agree with others that we should switch to twenty-ten just like we did nineteen-ten etc.. etc.. it just makes more sense and comes quicker off the tongue.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    Easy. "Two thousand ten" will be the correct way that most educated and even some others say. You look at "2010" and that's what you think. It's what I think anyway. If someone said "Twenty ten" I would give them a funny look -- in my mind, anyway. Realistically it does not matter. There is formal speech, there is colloquial speech, and then there's Net lingo -- LOL, BRB, IIRC, etc. While your speech doesn't always convey your exact level of education, there's a time and a place for each. You'd say "two thousand and ten" if you wanted to be taken real seriously, e.g. in court, on the stand. But in most encounters, either use is acceptable. Everyone will know what you mean, at least. But still, how high can we (not) count? Bad enough we start over after 12, with our time - can the average American not count to 24 (the number of hours in a day)? Must have been, 12 hour time makes no sense. But it is what people are taught, what we are used to.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    I find "two thousand ten" to be really irritating and I hope it doesn't become the norm. Twenty-ten should definitely be the standard. We did the whole "Nineteen-_______" for the last century, so I don't even know why there's a discussion about this. Oh and Ted, calm down. This is the internet.
  • by Suzanne Location: Goldsboro on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    I think we should switch over and call it twenty ten. All through the 1900's we did not say nineteen hundred eighty two, we just said nineteen eighty two (or whatever). Twenty ten is much quicker and easier to say. Come to think of it, when you hear people refer to the first decade of the 1900's, they don't say nineteen hundred five, they say nineteen o five. So, if we had been consistent, we would have been saying twenty o five, etc.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Dave, I started reading this simply because of the title. I didn't know exactly what you were talking about. Now that I do I would like for you to give me back the 5 minutes of my life that it took me to read and respond to this post. This is the biggest non-issue I have seen, probably ever! You're better than this!
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