How Do You Say "2010"?



We've had it easy, as far as saying the year goes, for some time now. Rather than having to refer to 1999 as "nineteen ninety nine", we could just call it "ninety nine", 2001-2009 has just been "oh-whatever". I like saying "oh-nine", it's fun. But now we're coming up on "ten".

"What year is your car?" – "Ten"… no. It doesn't sound right. "Two-thousand ten" sounds too wordy, but it's only one syllable longer than "Twenty ten".

I'm not sure what the "correct" form is, but I think I'm going to stick with the "oh" convention. I think "oh ten" is slightly awkward, but it kind of has a nice ring to it.

What do you think? How do you say "2010"?



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15 Comments »

  1. spudart (890 comments) said,

    i never say "oh nine." I say "two thousand nine." Therefore 2010 will be "two thousand ten."

    May 21, 2009 @ 10:41 pm


  2. unlikelymoose (375 comments) said,

    when we hit 2000 I was really hoping our society would adopt "2K" and consequent years would be "2k1, 2k2, etc." But EA Sports had to come in and ruin that how plan with their sports video games.

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:25 am


  3. sparx (882 comments) said,

    Man.. the world does not need a bunch of people saying "Tookay"!

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:26 am


  4. unlikelymoose (375 comments) said,

    i like tookay. "oh nine" sounds like you don't understand the basic principles of integers. "0" is a zero. '"O" is an o. It always drives me crazy when people give a phone number and they say "oh" instead of "zero".

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:43 am


  5. unlikelymoose (375 comments) said,

    though i suppose i shouldn't like "2k" based on my last point. But "2k" is clearly more of a represenational term. Using "o" in place of a zero is too literal and less symbolic.

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:44 am


  6. sparx (882 comments) said,

    That's why we do it. To drive you crazy 😉

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:45 am


  7. spudart (890 comments) said,

    Uh. Toooookay. (that is, another form of oooooookay)

    May 22, 2009 @ 2:19 pm


  8. Bruce Knack (8 comments) said,

    Obviously the proper thing to say wrt cars would be:

    2008 –> 2GM.
    2009 –> 1GM.
    2010 –> 1AGM.

    Between Monday, June 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 we could use 0agm.

    AGM == After GM.

    … hmm I was originally going to use BGM and AGM but BGM doesn't make much sense!

    May 31, 2009 @ 10:02 am


  9. sparx (882 comments) said,

    But how would a person SAY that?
    Is it spelled out? "My car is a 2 ay-gee-em" or "My car is a 2 aygum"?

    May 31, 2009 @ 10:05 am


  10. Bruce Knack (8 comments) said,

    Ah… well that depends. To your friends you say 2 ay-gee-em. This will entail only a short (one time) explanation.

    To the rest of the world we all say 2 aygum without explanation. It is important when doing so to maintain an air of superiority with more than a whiff of distain.

    May 31, 2009 @ 10:11 am


  11. sparx (882 comments) said,

    Does this affect foreign cars as well, or just domestics?

    May 31, 2009 @ 10:14 am


  12. Bruce Knack (8 comments) said,

    Hmm…

    1. GM is the center of the know cosmos so it affects all cars. GM either made all cars or paid to have them made (GEO == Suzuki etc.).

    2. Foreigners have never understood Americans anyway so why worry?

    3. Americans don't drive foreign cars (See 2) so, again, why worry?

    4. Chrysler has been omitted because, well, who will even notice?

    May 31, 2009 @ 10:19 am


  13. sparx (882 comments) said,

    I like my 2007 Hyundai Sonata though. Great car!

    May 31, 2009 @ 10:31 am


  14. unlikelymoose (375 comments) said,

    Americans don't drive foreign cars because foreigners have never understood Americans?
    That really makes no sense. If anything, American car companies got lazy and started making junkie cars in the 1980s and the Japanese car companies started making well-engineered, well-designed, reliable cars. Smart Americans realized this and stop buying the crappy cars from America and started buying more and more quality cars from Japan.

    Quality is a universal language.

    June 1, 2009 @ 9:27 am


  15. spudart (890 comments) said,

    "Americans don't drive foreign cars" what? Uhhh, maybe if you live in Detroit this may be true. But the rest of America drives foreign cars, trust me. Heck, I've never owned a car in my life and I know this.

    June 1, 2009 @ 1:37 pm


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