OK 2010 is here. And, the new year has begun. I have a question. How do we pronounce 2010? Is it “two thousand and ten” or “two thousand ten” or “twenty ten”?

Then some people might pronounce “two zero one zero”, “two oh ten”, or just “ten”.

According to NAGG (National Association of Good Grammar) the correct way of saying is “twenty ten”. From the beginning, centuries have always been pronounced by their cardinal number. A cardinal number is known as a counting number. We always said “seventeen seventy six”, “nineteen forty seven”, “nineteen eighty three”, etc.

Then came Y2K. People started to say “year two thousand”, “year two thousand one” and on and on.

At least, we should start saying years in the proper way beginning this year, that is “twenty ten”.

Again, this is a colloquial way of addressing a year. More formal way of addressing a year is something like “one thousand, nine hundred and ninety eight”. Please check your degree certificate from your university/college.

PS: Even though unrelated to this post, I would like to add one more item. There are 3 types of numbers:

Cardinal Numbers - These numbers tell “how many”. They are counting numbers because they show quantity. For example: 4 children, 6 cats.

Ordinal Number - These numbers tell the order of things in a set. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. For example: 2nd best, 4th car.

Nominal Number – These numbers name something. They are used only to identify something. For example: Cell phone number is 555-555-1212, Zip Code 20500.

Then some people might pronounce “two zero one zero”, “two oh ten”, or just “ten”.

According to NAGG (National Association of Good Grammar) the correct way of saying is “twenty ten”. From the beginning, centuries have always been pronounced by their cardinal number. A cardinal number is known as a counting number. We always said “seventeen seventy six”, “nineteen forty seven”, “nineteen eighty three”, etc.

Then came Y2K. People started to say “year two thousand”, “year two thousand one” and on and on.

At least, we should start saying years in the proper way beginning this year, that is “twenty ten”.

Again, this is a colloquial way of addressing a year. More formal way of addressing a year is something like “one thousand, nine hundred and ninety eight”. Please check your degree certificate from your university/college.

PS: Even though unrelated to this post, I would like to add one more item. There are 3 types of numbers:

Cardinal Numbers - These numbers tell “how many”. They are counting numbers because they show quantity. For example: 4 children, 6 cats.

Ordinal Number - These numbers tell the order of things in a set. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. For example: 2nd best, 4th car.

Nominal Number – These numbers name something. They are used only to identify something. For example: Cell phone number is 555-555-1212, Zip Code 20500.

Good post for those who forget their basic math :-)

ReplyDelete"Twenty ten" is easier and faster. "Two thousand ten" is ambiguous...not really like a year...

Ultimately, its what people are comfortable with

So that means we could have called 2009 as twenty nine ?? Applying the same logic. I'm serious and not mocking :-)

ReplyDeleteBtw break is over. My new post awaits you!

We are all referring to the new year as Twenty ten than two thousand and ten which sounds a little too long:)

ReplyDelete"Twenty Ten" ..Short and sweet.

ReplyDeleteTwo thousand ten would take a longer time to say . So twenty ten seems ok. but how we should say 2000 or 2001?

ReplyDeleteinformative and thought provoking post..I never paid attention to these details till date..and i always said two thousand something outta habit..and it suits me, so will stick to tht :))

ReplyDeletenice observation SG :)

iformative, as always SG :)

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Insignia. And, welcome back from your vacation.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments lostworld. When you ask someone a question, and that person says "That's a good question", it means that person do not know the answer.

ReplyDeleteAs for as your question is concerned, that's a good question lostworld.

Thanks for your comments Sanand. The formal way of saying is "two thousand......". As I wrote, please take a look at your degree certificate.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Praseela. Yep "twenty ten" is short and sweet.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Chitra. You asked a question and that's a good question.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Neha. Finally, someone for equal opportunity and represent the other side.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Titaxy.

ReplyDeleteI liked your answer:)

ReplyDeleteI am glad you liked my answer Chitra.

ReplyDeleteTwenty ten seems easy. Why complicate things when they can be simple?

ReplyDeleteI think twenty ten sounds nice, too!

ReplyDeleteHey that was a cool one and very informative too! Keep it up! :)

ReplyDeleteBTW I love the sound 2010...looks loke 20-20..heehhee...

My new desk no is similiar- 5010!

Thanks for your comments Radha. I like twenty ten.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Sandhya. Yup, twenty ten sounds nice.

ReplyDeleteThanks for your comments Numerounity. I am glad you liked my post. Your 5010 sounds nice and sweet.

ReplyDeleteI like saying "twenty ten". It sounds grand and is easier to say.

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