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Date registered: Oct 2006
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Grammar Nazis please apply.
Something is once again about to rear its controversial head and I want to be out in front of the trend, this time. Yes, I'm talking about pronouncing the numbers of the upcoming decade. For the purposes of this discussion, let's just place the year 2010 into the next ten year set even though we KNOW it belongs in the current decade (different thread, please).
Now, I don't care what we decide to call the entire 10 year span (again, that's another thread) but I heard something new last week that gave me pause. Currently, most people are somewhat unexpectedly pronouncing the year as "Two Thousand Eight". As you are by now aware, if we had followed the example of the previous century, we would be saying "Twenty Oh Eight" as in "Nineteen Oh Eight".
But we didn't.
I assumed that we would continue on with the "Two Thousand" nomenclature until I heard someone on the radio speaking about the year, "Two Ten" (2010). This effectively kicks out the leading zero from the pronunciation entirely, shortens the term and works for the rest of the century (except for the year, 2100, which we KNOW is in this century, right?).
It sounds cool, makes no numerical sense and messes with previous traditions so I'm guessing it will immediately catch on like every other improper language usage which has slipped into our daily lives.
Chomping at the bit, which is a butt naked error, makes it a mute point, don't you agree? (<sigh> Yet ANOTHER thread).
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?