Let’s all say Twenty Eleven in the New Year!

For the last 10 years, people have chosen to say the current year as Two Thousand and …. This totally goes against our established patterns of year pronunciation. Pick any year in the last millennium. Now say it out loud. Did you say One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight? Nope. You said Nineteen Ninety Eight.

Twenty Eleven is the first year of the Third Millennium to have more syllables when you say it as Two Thousand and Eleven. I, personally, do not believe that we will automatically switch. We will need a boost, a movement, a revolution.

Join this revolution. Your only sacrifice is to streamline your current habits and say Twenty Eleven. Others will follow by our example. There will be no need to correct anyone (that just makes people resist change even more).

Say it with me, “Twenty Eleven, Happy New Year!”


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5 Responses to Let’s all say Twenty Eleven in the New Year!

  1. Patrick says:

    “Twenty Eleven is the first year of the Third Millennium to have more syllables when you say it as Two Thousand and Eleven.”

    No, it isn’t. That distinction went to 2010. “two-thou-sand-ten” has 4 syllables (5 if you include the “and”), and “twen-ty-ten” has 3 syllables. But the reason people mostly didn’t switch in 2010 was because “ten” only has one syllable, the same as “nine”, “eight”, “six”, “five”, “four”, “three”, “two” and “one”. Eleven has an entire 3 syllables on its own, so English speakers will definitely switch from “two thousand” to “twenty” in 2011, or at the very least by 2013, when we enter the teen numbers and the flow of “twenty” becomes easier and more natural.

    Trust me, your campaign is not needed and probably will make you look like a pretentious fool to many of your friends and family. They will find it odd that you are pushing something like this, as the change in pronunciation will occur naturally, without anyone needing to point it out.

  2. Gus Pearcy says:

    Patrick, I assure you that my friends and family already think I’m a pretentious fool. This will not persuade them differently. As to your point, I agree. You are right. My only regret is that you aren’t having as much fun with this as I am.

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  4. Luke says:

    I find that the opposite is annoying! Its as if they think they’re living in some sort of science fiction reality and we’re just supposed to forget about how amazing it was to live in the millennium changeover era around the year 2000. Its actually still hard to believe that it happened!

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