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Yes, yes, I know, it's 2006 (at least, as I'm writing this, it's 2006). But how do you pronounce it? That is, how do you say the year when you speak it out loud?

See, this wasn't a problem in the last century (or, for that matter, several prior centuries). It was pretty much unanimous in English-speaking countries that the year was nineteen-whatever. Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 straight games in nineteen-forty-one. The Mets won their first World Series in nineteen-sixty-nine. Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States in nineteen-eighty.

But it seems that when the last century ended, so did this consensus. Yes, we all seemed to agree on the year two-thousand and (thanks perhaps in large part to Stanley Kubrick) the year two-thousand-and-one. However, it seems that with each successive year I hear more and more of an alternative phrasing, using the "twenty" prefix rather than the "two-thousand". So, my question to my fellow W's is, "What year is it? Is it two-thousand-and-six, or is it twenty-oh-six?




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
    Originally posted by Downtown Bookie
    Yes, we all seemed to agree on the year two-thousand and (thanks perhaps in large part to Stanley Kubrick) the year two-thousand-and-one. However, it seems that with each successive year I hear more and more of an alternative phrasing, using the "twenty" prefix rather than the "two-thousand". So, my question to my fellow W's is, "What year is it? Is it two-thousand-and-six, or is it twenty-oh-six?



I've never heard anyone say "twenty-oh-six." I guess it would make since, though, given "nineteen-oh-six."

Also, I don't pronounce the "and." As in, "two-thousand-six," not "two-thousand-and-six."
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My take is that from 2000 to 2009 people will be mostly saying "two thousand and #," but then starting in 2010, people will start saying "twenty #."

I'm not totally sure why, but that seems to be the way it wants to roll off my tongue.



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Agreed with TheBucsFan and samoflange. "two thousand six", "two thousand seven", "two thousand eight", "two thousand nine", "twenty ten".



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I don't remember where I learned this and I don't know if it's true for everybody, but I've always believed that 'and' should signify a decimal. Thus, if you say 'two thousand and six', it would look like '2000.6'. I never bothered to verify the truth of this assumption, but it affects the way I say large numbers.

For me, this year is 'two thousand six'. Probably, when 2010 rolls around, I will still use the format 'two thousand #', but that's because I'm a creature of habit and not particularly interested in adopting popular expressions. (read:old fuddy duddy)



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    Originally posted by rinberg
    I don't remember where I learned this and I don't know if it's true for everybody, but I've always believed that 'and' should signify a decimal. Thus, if you say 'two thousand and six', it would look like '2000.6'. I never bothered to verify the truth of this assumption, but it affects the way I say large numbers.


As far as I know, that's the truth. AND = Decimal Point.

I learned that back when I got my first checkbook, and had to properly write out the amounts on checks.



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It's "ought-six", or "nought-six" depending on which source you prefer. That's right we're living in the noughties. However, if I'm asked to reminisce about my 30th birthday at some point in the future, I'll refer to the year as oh-six. and I've been writing the date as such - 26/6/6.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.73
I say "two-thousand-six." I don't imagine I'd switch to "twenty-whatever" until 2100, by which time I expect I'll be dead.




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It's either "Two thousand six" or "Aught-six", as the Kaiser stole the rest of the numbers.



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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Agreed with TheBucsFan and samoflange. "two thousand six", "two thousand seven", "two thousand eight", "two thousand nine", "twenty ten".


Me too.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.49
The Two Thousand and Sixth Year of Our Lord.




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    Originally posted by rinberg
    I don't remember where I learned this and I don't know if it's true for everybody, but I've always believed that 'and' should signify a decimal.
I'm pretty sure it was instructed that way to me in math class, possibly as early as elementary school, actually.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
Two thousand six. And I refer to 2010 as being twenty-ten, and so on.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.43
I know someone who calls it "two-oh-six"...eliminating one of the zeroes.



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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Originally posted by rinberg
      I don't remember where I learned this and I don't know if it's true for everybody, but I've always believed that 'and' should signify a decimal.
    I'm pretty sure it was instructed that way to me in math class, possibly as early as elementary school, actually.


Fourscore and seven years ago didn't imply a decimal seven. I think there may be a different meaning with years. Who talks about decimal years?

That said I've never heard Two thousand AND six said out loud. It seemed OK the first time I read it but I think it was the sound of the end of thousand in my head, not a second and sound... if that makes any sense at all. Are you sure you aren't just hearing the D sound at the end of thousand more prominently than you expected, so it sounds kind of like "two thousan AND six"?



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Speaking for THE MEDIA....

Actually everything I've heard in radio has been two thousand six.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    Speaking for THE MEDIA....

    Actually everything I've heard in radio has been two thousand six.


Half of the anchors at WTOP radio (no longer at the top of my dial. Heck, not even on AM anymore) call it "Twenty-Oh-Six."



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.05

    Originally posted by Zeruel
    Half of the anchors at WTOP radio (no longer at the top of my dial. Heck, not even on AM anymore) call it "Twenty-Oh-Six."


Amy Morris wouldn't do such a thing!



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
      Originally posted by Zeruel
      Half of the anchors at WTOP radio (no longer at the top of my dial. Heck, not even on AM anymore) call it "Twenty-Oh-Six."


    Amy Morris wouldn't do such a thing!


Now that you mention it, I'll listen to Federal News Radio 1050AM and find out. She is the afternoon anchor (but you knew that already).

It's the morning guys that are doing it the most. Shawn Anderson, I think.

I call it two thousand six. I was wondering though, what do people who can speak other languages call the year? I remember in Spanish class, the prof got really upset if we called it nineteen ninety four (in Spanish, natch) instead of one thousand nine hundred ninety four.

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I call it two thousand six. I was wondering though, what do people who can speak other languages call the year? I remember in Spanish class, the prof got really upset if we called it nineteen ninety four (in Spanish, natch) instead of one thousand nine hundred ninety four.

In Spanish, it's dos mil seis (two thousand six).

And, the prof was right to get upset; it's as ridiculous to say diecinueve noventa y cuatro as it is to say one thousand nine hundred ninety-four when referencing the year.



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