Jim Burke, General Manager of The Daily Planner, was on NPR recently to talk about the new year: is it two-thousand ten or twenty-ten?
Burke, who has to say the word “a zillion times a day, it feels like,” prefers “two-thousand ten.” His rationale?
Because probably of the movie “2001,” people just got used to saying that over and over again. So when they move to each year, they’re just saying 2002, 2003 all the way through.
Another guest on the program found a different pop-culture reference to support his preference for “twenty-ten” — the 1969 Zager and Evans song “In the Year 2525,” which begins, “In the year twenty-five twenty-five, if man is still alive, if woman can survive…”
You can listen to the interview, or read a transcript, at the NPR website.
How do you pronounce it?