There was a futuristic hit in 1969 called In the Year 2525 by Zager and Evans, a Nebraska duo who were one-hit wonders.
Their one hit was about the rise and fall of mankind and they called it In the Year Twenty Five Twenty Five.
While I remember the song well, I hadn’t thought about it for these purposes until I ran across this post from 2007. It’s from a College Dean of Students who laments the moniker to place on the incoming freshmen class.
They, who were expected to graduate in four years, were to be the Class of ??
Here’s what he wrote…
As a college Dean of Students, I wasn’t quite sure what to call our entering class, so I just asked them. They favored “Two thousand-eleven” by about a three-to-one margin.
So perhaps that’s what the public wants to call the next decade. It seems a little odd because we said “nineteen-ninety-nine” and “nineteen-eleven.” But then “two-thousand” was clearly not “twenty-hundred,” and we’d all seen the movie “Two-thousand one: A Space Odyssey.”
But then again, I’m old enough to remember the Zager and Evans hit “In the year Twenty-five twenty-five.” So when are we going to ditch the word “thousand” and get back to counting our way through the twenties?
I’d guess that once we get past “two thousand-nineteen” the next year will have to be “twenty-twenty.” It’ll be a Presidential election year and the candidates and media will all make puns about the “vision thing” as Bush 41 used to call it. After a year, it’ll seem normal, I suppose, to go on to “twenty-twenty-one.”
He makes some very good points. But I think if we push this pronunciation guide to broadcasters and our friends, we could make great strides in changing the general public.
Say it now, Twenty Eleven. Add it to your vocabulary. Lead by Example. Say Twenty Eleven and the world will follow you.