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Labels for Years, Redux

My July 28, 2005 post on the question of how to pronounce labels for years in English has generated several new comments in the past week. Readers are weighing in with new data, new observations, about how to pronounce 2010. Is it:

– ‘two thousand and ten’
– ‘twenty ten’
– ‘two ten’?

Commenters note that in Canada the extensive (and building) media coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler is forcing our hand. That coverage almost exclusively refers to the Olympics as the ‘twenty ten’ games. And, Peter offers the possibility that we may see national or regional variations of labeling years after 2010.

What will become the pronunciation standard for years after 2010?

Please see the comments on the original post … and thanks to all for the interest.*

*This seems to be my most active post ever, which is interesting considering I primarily consider my blog to be about BC anthropology … there’s probably a message in that!

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  1. Harris wrote:

    I think we will use “twenty” starting with 2010 or 2015. Somewhere around there. I can’t see us using “two thousand” for the whole freakin century, lol, it becomes too cumbersome.

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