In French we had to say "mille neuf cent quatre-vingt dix-neuf" (this
is "a thousand nine hundreds four-twenty nineteen" !) for 1999, but
then it became "deux mille", now "deux mille un", then "deux mille
deux", etc. It's all very neat with only 3 syllables. The time of
French has come :-)
email@example.com a écrit (3.11.2001/08:35) :
> What year is it? Two thousand one, or twenty-oh-one? Sooner or later
> we have to stop saying two thousand and start saying twenty.
> For now, both are four syllables. But once we get to 2010, twenty-ten
> is only 3 syllables while two thousand ten is four. At least by then
> we must have switched to saying twenty.
> Why not take the leap now? Get in the habit of naming years with twenty.
> This is twenty-oh-one, next year is twenty-oh-two, and so on. You'll be
> ahead of the crowd.
> P.S. Another advantage of twenty is that you won't be tempted to say
> two thousand and one.
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