In the last century we referred to each year as nineteen something, from nineteen hundred, right up to nineteen ninety nine.
In this century we’ve started off by calling the years two thousand and something, with the current year being two thousand and seven. Will we continue this for the whole century, right up to two thousand and ninety nine? Or will we switch over to calling them twenty something at some point? If so, when?
Will it take a celebrity trailblazer to convince everyone to say twenty twenty rather than two thousand and twenty?
While we’re on this subject, think of a car that weighs 2,100 pounds. In the UK most people would say that the car weighs two thousand one hundred pounds (or more likely kilos or tonnes, but leave that aside for the moment). In the USA they’d say that it weighs twenty-one hundred pounds. Why the difference? Will this affect what each country calls the years?
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