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News – 2010 ★

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How do you say “2010”. Do you say “two thousand (and) ten” or “twenty ten”? The jury is still out on this matter, but there is a growing movement to use the shorter, more economical “twenty ten”.

From the 2010: Twenty-Ten, Not Two-Thousand-Ten Movement‘s homepage:
Say the year “1810” out loud. Now say the year “1999” out loud. See a pattern? It’s been easier, faster, and shorter to say years this way for every decade (except for the one that just ended) instead of saying the number the long way. However, many people are carrying the way they said years from last decade over to this decade as a bad habit. If we don’t fix this now, we’ll be stuck saying years the long way for the next 89 years. Don’t let that happen!

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The jury is still out:  まだ問題の結論はでていない

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Author: Aonghas Crowe

Aonghas (pron. "Ennis") Crowe is an author, writer, blogger, and translator. He splits his time between Fukuoka, Japan and Beirut, Lebanon. Read more by Aonghas Crowe at www.aonghascrowe.com

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