The Pronunciation of the new year

I’m one of the many lucky people to have been alive during Y2K or the new millennium of the year 2000. Back then, there was a huge scare that all the computers would cease functioning after midnight of 1999. The stock market would crash, electrical plants would stop humming while their turbines slowly ground to a halt, and air travel would be grounded. Pretty much everything that relied on a computer for functioning would be in big trouble. That was all a bunch of hype and I’m glad to say that 12 years later, the world is still here (for the most part).

January 1, 2000, was the first time in the history of the world that people had to pronounce the year Two-Thousand. Unless you take into account 2000 B.C.

However, people back then probably didn’t say, “Hey Jarebabel!”

“Yeah Methuselah?”

“Are you heading over to Micah’s place tonight for the big new year’s celebration?”

“Yeah! Me, with my wife Dorcus, our nineteen kids, 114 grandkids, 570 great grandkids, 2,280 great-great grandkids and 11, 400 great-great-great grandkids are sure to be there! You know my great-great grandson Melchizedek just turned 90 today!”

“Well, are you ready for the big celebration to bring in the New Year?”

“I’ve got my manna and wine all packed up on the donkeys! What year is it going to be anyway? I’ve lost track in my old age,”

“Well, there’s a new method of keeping track of the years now. Next year will be called 2000 B.C.”

“What in Sodom does B.C. mean?”

“Rabbi Abbadon told me there was some prophet who has foretold that a Messiah will be born 2000 years from now and we have to count the years backwards from here on out. The ‘B’ means before and the ‘C’ means Christ,”

“Burning bushes! Now Dorcus and I have to change all our calendars!”

No, this is probably not how the people alive during 2000 B.C. went about pronouncing the New Year. So, how did you pronounce the year 2000? Was it as Two-Thousand or was it Twenty-Hundred? Both of which are mathematically correct. I’d say that most everyone said it as Two-Thousand. Now, when the next year rolled around (2001), it was probably pronounced as Two-Thousand-One not as Twenty-Oh-One.

This probably continued for the next 9 years until 2010 came out. However, I have heard several people saying Two-Oh-Nine for 2009 for instance. These were just in a few cases but are still worth mentioning. Nevertheless, when the year 2010 came about, there were two different schools of pronunciation that emerged. School number one pronounced the New Year as Two-Thousand-and-Ten while school number two said Twenty-Ten.

The Two-Thousand-and-Ten school thought it ludicrous to change the way they pronounced the New Year just because it went from 2009 to 2010. They had been saying Two-Thousand-One, Two-Thousand-Two, etc for the last nine years. The Twenty-Ten school thought to shorten their pronunciation of the New Year for convenience sake.

Now whatever category you fit into probably reflects on the type of person you are. Since I am of the Two-Thousand-Twelve school, I am established in my way of thinking, I prefer things to remain in same, and I’m probably a little bit OCD! In spite of the way the new year sounds as it escapes your lips, have a happy one still!NYE_Ball


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