Sunday, March 19, 2006

Pet peeve

How was 1906 pronounced? It seems the most common way is "nineteen-oh-six". Why "two thousand and six" then? Isn't "twenty-oh-six" the most consistent?

But far more annoying is how years such as 1925 are overwhelmingly pronounced "nineteen-twenty-five", yet years in the future are often pronounced like "two thousand and twenty-five". Isn't this ridiculously inefficient? Are we really going to call 2737 "two thousand seven hundred and thirty-seven"?

2 Comments:

Blogger Tigerhawk Vok said...

Actually, many people -- myself included -- would pronounce 2025 as "twenty twenty-five".

12:04 PM  
Blogger Nichlemn said...

That may be true, but there's still a large number, particularly "less cultured" people who are in a large enough number to be annoying :)

9:44 PM  

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