Coming up in the new year MMXI

Apparently, the year Twenty Eleven (2011) is going to be spectacular. Here is a brief description from Wikipedia:

2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday. In the Gregorian calendar, it will be the 2011th year of the Common Era or the Anno Domini designation; the 11th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 2nd of the 2010s decade.

The United Nations has designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and International Year of Chemistry.

The United Nations should dictate that everyone pronounce 2011 as Twenty Eleven. It would show that the world cares about this travesty of diction.

We can change the world and save ourselves from another 89 years of frustration if we begin adopting the Twenty Eleven terminology in our everyday lives now. Of course, there will be relapses. It’s only natural. But if we persevere and use Twenty Eleven when describing our current year, then we will show others how easy it is to say. They will follow.

Changing the status quo is never easy, but it can be done. Join us on our journey to take a little idea and turn it into the the accepted tradition. Everyone has a stake in this cultural norm and therefore should choose/decide their year pronunciation.

Twenty Eleven speakers, unite!


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3 Responses to Coming up in the new year MMXI

  1. Shane says:

    I always enjoyed using the word “hundred” during that last century(as in nineteen hundred ninety nine). I think I will go with “The year of our lord two thousand eleven”. But I do like shortcuts. Maybe I should conform in this case. As they say back home, ” Good idy” Gustard. I will think more on the subject and get back with you.

  2. Patrick says:

    Ugh, you can’t be so pretentious about this issue. Yes, I agree that we should switch from saying “two thousand” to “twenty”, but things like that cannot be forced, they must occur as part of a natural evolution of collective speech. People will switch to “twenty”, probably in 2011 or at least by 2013, but rest assured that your campaign will not at all be responsible for it.

  3. Thank you so-oo much for this post. For the love of God,
    people — it’s TWENTY ELEVEN.

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