Happy twenty-ten! (Not two-thousand-ten.)

Why do I hear people saying “two-thousand-ten” or worse “two-thousand-and-ten”? How laborious is that! People, there’s a reason Prince didn’t sing “Tonight we are going to party as if it were nineteen-hundred-and-ninety-nine”! He sang “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s nineteen-ninety-nine” because brevity is vernacular.

Sure, it was fine to say “two-thousand.” No problem. I was great with “two-thousand-nine.” But that decade is over, and time’s a-wastin’.

Let’s look forward. Ten years from now, are you going to say “two-thousand-twenty”? God, I hope not. It takes too much time. And the unity and brevity of twenty-twenty is so much cooler. Well, so is twenty-ten.

Don’t let ten years of starting years with “two-thousand” stand in your way. Break out, baby. Try something new. If you don’t start pronouncing your years with “twenty” now, you’re going to sooner or later. Might as well be among the cool people who do it right from the start.

Here’s to 2010. Make it a good one.

Betcha said twenty-ten! 😉






3 responses to “Happy twenty-ten! (Not two-thousand-ten.)”

  1. Daniel Greene Avatar

    Oh, shoot. Of course it is! Now I remember that I was among those who pooh-poohed the celebration of the year 2000 as the beginning of the new millennium because I knew that 2001 was the true start of the millennium. Now I’ve been stupidly carried along by the tide of popular but wrong belief that 2010 is the beginning of a new decade when it’s actually the end of a decade. That’s about as bad as thinking that midnight is the end of a day rather than the beginning of it. (I always say that deadlines should be set at either 11:59 PM or 12:01 AM to avoid this confusion.)


  2. Kimberly Hosey Avatar

    Ha; good point. Happy twenty ten!

    Except it’s the last year of a decade, not the first.

    Sorry. Couldn’t help it. 🙂 Happy belated New Year, Daniel.


  3. Paula Avatar

    Yes, I agree. Happy twenty-ten to you!


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