It’s the second day of the year that we commonly pronounce as Two Thousand Nine. I wonder when we’ll be able to stop saying Two Thousand X and start saying Twenty X without sounding like a stranger from another decade. Don’t believe me? Say Twenty Oh Nine to somebody and tell me what sort of strange looks you get.
Will next year be the turning point? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Twenty Ten doesn’t quite have a good ring to itself. It sounds rather like a made-up word that somebody’s trying to insert into the language, like truthiness.
I suspect that 2011 will be the year we hear the adoption of the Twenty notation, as Two Thousand And Eleven is quite a mouthful at seven syllables. (Yes, the "and" is not proper, but many people do say it that way.) Twenty Eleven is only five syllables long. Think of all the time that will be saved by eliminating the other two syllables.
Of course, by that logic, we should all start saying Twenty Ten now, since it’s only three syllables long, as opposed to Two Thousand And Ten, which is five syllables long.
Either way, I wonder if we will then start using the Twenty notation retroactively? As in, "I remember back in Twenty Oh Nine I posted that very question to my blog. What? Well, a blog was a sort of a place on the Web where one would post messages and wait for people to comment. What? Well, ‘Web’ was what we called the hypertext part of the Internet back then. No, we didn’t have virtual reality yet. All we had were MMORPGs, and we liked it. We had to sit in one place and look straight ahead to play, and we liked it. And we had to pay money for the privilege, and we liked it. Back in Twenty Oh Nine… heh heh…Two Thousand Nine… *snore* *snore*"