Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What Year Is It Again?

I say twenty-fourteen.  But a lot of people are saying two-thousand and fourteen.

What's with this "two-thousand" crap?  We didn't pronounce the last few centuries in that manner, did we?  For example, the "summer of love" was nineteen-sixty-seven, not one-thousand-nine-hundred-and-sixty-seven.  President Lincoln was assassinated in eighteen-sixty-five, not one-thousand-eight-hundred-and sixty-five.

And in the United States' Bicentennial year, 1976 (nineteen-seventy-six, not one-thousand-nine-hundred-and-seventy-six) the Broadway play "1776" was a big hit, celebrating the Revolutionary war and this country's forefathers.  Pronounced "seventeen-seventy-six" not "one-thousand-seven-hundred-and-seventy-six".  That drawn-out pronunciation would not make for a very catchy title.

I've always said "twenty-hundred" right from the start: twenty-o-seven (2007); twenty-ten (2010); twenty-o-eight (2008); twenty-o-five (2005).
Like that.

I'll NEVER EVER say "two thousand and..."

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