Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Dec 18 15:49:08 UTC 2008

At 12/18/2008 12:23 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>At 11:32 PM -0500 12/17/08, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>I've already heard both "twenty-ten" and "two-thousand-ten."
>I wonder if the "twenty-ten" speakers are co-extensive than the
>"twenty-oh-eight" speakers.  I'm in the other group, possibly because
>I always referred to the movie as "two thousand and one" for many
>years before we actually reached the year (without HAL's help).  But
>a colleague of mine was in the "twenty-oh-one" group, and it's been
>"twenty-oh-n" ever since.  I'm sure it will be "twenty ten" for him.

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


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