How to Pronounce the Year 2010?

Should we pronounce it as “twenty-ten” or “two thousand and ten?” We will discuss this question and learn other facts that should be known about the coming New Year.2010-international-year-biodiversity

After they hype of the Y2K bug, people was stuck with pronouncing the years in the current decade as “two thousand and X”. Records show and for people living today that we pronounce the year 1805 as “eighteen-oh-five” and 1907 as “nineteen-oh-seven”. So, why is there a difference?

First, the very influential 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey kept pronouncing the year 2001 as “two thousand and one”.

According to David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, people pronounce years according to “rhythm” or “flow” rather than “logic”. There is more rhythm pronouncing “two thousand and X” rather than “twenty-X” for the years 2000-2010. However, the reverse is in effect for 2011 until 2999.

Note that the Vancouver Winter Olympics is using “twenty-ten” in its slogan and the London Summer Olympics is also using “twenty-twelve”.

Regardless of how you call it, the year 2010 was designated at the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations in 2006.

Notable movable holidays in the upcoming year are as follows:

  • Chinese New Year (Year of the Metal Tiger) – February 14
  • Ash Wednesday – February 17 (Christian)
  • Easter Sunday – April 7 (Christian)
  • Rosh Hashanah – September 8-10 (Judaism)
  • Yom Kippur – September 17-18 (Judaism)
  • Diwali – November 5 (Hinduism)
  • Eid al-Adha – November 16 (Islam)

Notable sports events:

  • 21st Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver – February 12-18 and March 12-18 respectively
  • 19th FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg – June 11- July 11
  • 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore – August 14-26
  • 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou – November 12-27

Notable Events in Politics and Business:

  • The Netherlands Antilles will cease to exist to form a new constitutional status
  • Israel will finally complete its Security Barrier
  • Republic of Macedonia will ban smoking in all public places
  • The East African Community will introduce a common monetary currency called East African Shilling
  • The World Expo will be held in Shanghai, China from May to October.
  • General Motors will release a production model of the electric car Chevrolet Volt

Notable events in Space and Exploration:

  • Total Solar Eclipse – July 11
  • Total Lunar Eclipse –             December 21
  • Peru launches its first nanosatellite by November
  • NASA retires Space Shuttle Program and will replace it with Project Constellation

Fun Facts:

If you have watched any of the following films, you may recall that their stories were supposed to have happened in the year 2010: Jason X, Absolon, Banlieue 13, Friday the 13th, District 9 and obviously 2010 and Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space.

If you have read any of the following literary works, note that their stories have a setting in 2010: The Immortals by Tracy Hickman, The Mayflower Project by K.A, Applegate, In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Harry Turtledove and obviously 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke.

In television, a 6th season episode of The Simpsons, placed Lisa’s wedding in the year 2010.

In video games, the setting of Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is set in 2010.