Thursday, March 3, 2011

2011, A Space Odyssey

Would we say that the year is twenty-eleven instead of two-thousand-and-eleven if it weren't for Stanley Kubrick making his movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey? It would be more in line with our logic. After all, most of us said nineteen-ninety-nine and not nineteen-hundred-and-ninety-nine the year before we had to make the shift. I guess maybe we'll slowly migrate to saying 'twenty' instead of 'two-thousand.' It's that transition year that kind of throws things off -- 'two-thousand,' 'nineteen-hundred.' It wouldn't make sense to say 'twenty-hundred' when it's just 2000. At least this problem doesn't come up very often.

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