Because it’s never too early to start thinking about this sort of thing, here’s a question for all of you: When 2010 finally rolls around (I know! I’m still getting over Y2K!), will you be saying twenty ten or two thousand ten?
Okay, here’s the deal in MRP’s mind: Last century, we were all very comfy saying nineteen (as opposed to the cumbersome one thousand nine hundred) and so it seemed logical to assume we might all say twenty (after all there is plenty of precedent for this). However, then we got to 2001, and everyone says two thousand one. And it seems that everyone’s gotten pretty comfy with two thousand.
I heard twenty ten used in a car ad the other day for the first time. So do we need to switch gears from two thousand ten to twenty ten?