Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Thu Dec 18 16:10:16 UTC 2008

On Dec 18, 2008, at 10:49, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> "Twenty ten" may win out over "Two thousand [and] ten" simply because
> it is one [or two] syllables shorter.

I've observed that when people are not thinking about what they're
calling the year, "twenty nine" and "twenty eight" and so forth are
more common than "twenty oh nine" or "twenty oh eight." Even though
that's counterintuitive. I believe it works because the year "2029" is
sufficiently far off for there to be little confusion.

Grant Barrett
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org

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