“Twenty ten,” not “two thousand ten.”

Peter Windsor, an F1 commentator from Australia, always said “twenty oh seven” instead of “two thousand seven.”

I thought that was weird, but my second thought was that we didn’t say “one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine,” we said “nineteen ninety nine.” So then I thought, maybe he was doing it right.

Anyway, I’m sure that most people called the sequel to 2001 “two thousand ten,” but it seems to me the right way to proceed is by calling it “twenty ten.” At least until “three thousand” comes along. I’m trying to get into the habit.

Happy Twenty Ten!


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