How to Pronounce ‘2010’
The gang at Esquire give some thought to a question that will soon be everywhere: How will we pronounce the year 2010?
Really, the first two are the only plausible options. My preference is for the first. During the last century, we pronounced years as nineteen-seventy, nineteen-eighty-four, and so forth and I’m guessing we’ll do that again now that the aughts are about over.
Aside from it rolling off the tongue somewhat more easily, this approach has another major advantage. It’s been a decade since people advocating progress could exclaim, “It’s the nineteen-(insert-decade-here), for God’s sakes!”