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Thread poster: Helena Chavarria

Helena Chavarria  Identity Verified
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Mar 27, 2014

I haven't been to Britain for some time and therefore haven't heard anyone saying the year in English. The last time I was there, people were still saying 'Two thousand and...'.

Is it more common to say 'Two thousand and fourteen' or 'Twenty fourteen'? I've been looking on the Internet but there doesn't seem to be a general agreement.

I would appreciate any comments because a) I am interested to know and b) Spanish people ask me and seem quite surprised when I tell them I don't know!


 

Tim Friese  Identity Verified
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Twenty fourteen Mar 27, 2014

And in America we don't necessarily pronounce the second 't' in 'twenty' > "twenny fourteen"

'Two thousand fourteen' is okay but a bit formal.


 

Nick Brisland, BA (Hons), AITI
United Kingdom
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Personal preference... Mar 27, 2014

For years up to 2010 I say 'two thousand and ....', but for years 2010 onwards I say 'twenty ...'

It makes sense to me to say 'twenty...', because that is what we do in English for every other year in the 19th century and before, but the 2000s seem to have presented a problem!

In Britain, both are acceptable. Most people still say 'two thousand and fourteen', but both variations are equally correct.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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20 - 14 Mar 27, 2014

'Twenty fourteen' is how I usually say it...

 

Terry Richards
France
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Not a problem Mar 27, 2014

In a mere 86 years, we can stop worrying about iticon_smile.gif

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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I blame Stanley Kubrick... Mar 27, 2014

The system was long established, no hiccups.

And then the year 2000 came near, and all of a sudden everyone was calling it "two thousand" instead of "twenty hundred" which is what it should have been according to what we'd been doing up until then.

But in the meantime we had all heard of a film... and the publicity for that film was clearly saying "two thousand and one".

As Nick says, for the first decade, we then followed this new-fangled practice - but I was sure that we would revert to the old system - so much easier to say "twenty thirty-seven" than "two thousand and thirty-seven". And what about 2137? Mind you, as I commented this morning in a seminar when the subject arose, I don't really care - I shall be long dead!

I took my lead to revert to the old system from the run up to the "twenty twelve" Olympics, by the way.


 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Names of decades Mar 27, 2014

Nick Brisland wrote:

For years up to 2010 ...


An off-topic question on this off-topic thread:

Out of interest, what would you call that decade? If the previous one was the "nineties" would it be the "o's"?

And what about the current decade? The tens???


 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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The noughties Mar 27, 2014

we've been away too long!

 

philgoddard
United States
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. Mar 27, 2014

The BBC took about eight or nine years to stop saying "two thousand and" and start saying the more logical "twenty". And then they came up with a brilliant comedy series called Twenty Twelve.

 

Frankie JB
France
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A bit formal he says!!! Mar 27, 2014

Tim Friese wrote:

'Two thousand fourteen' is okay but a bit formal.


Ahahah, I find this hilarious!!

Only English speakers can say that it's a problem when you speak too formally!!
French is almost at the other end of the spectrum, with a formality bar pretty high...

I suspect that someday English speakers will say "two o one four" because "twenty fourteen" will be too formal...


 

Helena Chavarria  Identity Verified
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'2001: A Space Odyssey' seems plausible Mar 27, 2014

Noni Gilbert wrote:

The system was long established, no hiccups.

And then the year 2000 came near, and all of a sudden everyone was calling it "two thousand" instead of "twenty hundred" which is what it should have been according to what we'd been doing up until then.

But in the meantime we had all heard of a film... and the publicity for that film was clearly saying "two thousand and one".


And 'noughties' made me laugh, too!

However, I have a feeling that sometime in the future people in English-speaking countries will start referring to the '20-hundreds', and forget all about the decade when they tried to change something that had worked perfectly well for over a thousand years.

Thank you everyone for your comments.


 

Tim Friese  Identity Verified
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I prefer 'the two-thousands' Mar 28, 2014

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Nick Brisland wrote:

For years up to 2010 ...


An off-topic question on this off-topic thread:

Out of interest, what would you call that decade? If the previous one was the "nineties" would it be the "o's"?

And what about the current decade? The tens???



I prefer 'the two-thousands' but you'll also hear 'the naughts'


 

modakku
India
ya Apr 19, 2014

I think two thousand fourteen is the best way to say.
twenty fourteen doesn't look good.


 

Nick Brisland, BA (Hons), AITI
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:49
Member (2013)
German to English
... Jul 9, 2014

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Nick Brisland wrote:

For years up to 2010 ...


An off-topic question on this off-topic thread:

Out of interest, what would you call that decade? If the previous one was the "nineties" would it be the "o's"?

And what about the current decade? The tens???

Sorry for the late reply - I'd forgotten that I'd posted in this thread!

For 2000-2009, I say 'the two thousands'. I've never liked the phrase 'noughties'.

For 2010-2019, I would say 'twenty tens'. I'm not sure what to do after that. The problem is, when you talk about 'the twenties', or 'the thirties', don't most people automatically think about the 1920s and 1930s?


 

Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I Jul 9, 2014

live in the UK and say "two thousand and fourteen". I am not sure about the decade, though would probably say the "twenty tens" for now. The "noughties" (n.b. sp.) is also still used.

 
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