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post #1 of 38
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Just got to thinking about this tonight. I've been watching TechTV a little the past few days, and they're all pronouncing it "twenty-oh-two".

It sounds funny to me, everyone I know (and I'm sure everyone I've heard on TV so far) just calls it plain old "two-thousand-and-two".

How do you guys say it?
post #2 of 38
Two Thousand Two
post #3 of 38
The fact that the year 2001 is over, hasn't really hit me yet, I don't really care

but I'm sure I'll just pronounce it "this year" when the time comes until then how about "two hundred juxtaposed to a two"


edit- I wrote juxtaposed to a one

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post #4 of 38
"twenty-oh-two" people are like people call radio station frequencies "one-oh-seven-dot-five" instead of "....point-five."
post #5 of 38
I say two-thousand two. No "and" either.

What I'm wondering is: what do we call this decade? The "oh's"? The tens? Come to think of it, I can't think of how anyone says the first decade of the 1900's (1900-1910) either. The closest I can think of is "the turn of the century."
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post #6 of 38
Two-thousand-two.
post #7 of 38
Twenty -Oh-Two. Sounds non-Kubrickian and Sci-Fi-ish.

One thousand nine hundred eighty three? Nope. Nineteen eighty three.

I'd call this decade the twenty hundreds.
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post #8 of 38
Two Thousand and Two. I say dates after 2009 the "other way." Example: 2017 is Twenty-Seventeen.

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post #9 of 38
two thousand and two.

The real question is the decade.

You had the

70's or senveties
80's or eighties
90's or ninties etc

what are we in now? The 00's or zeros?

The new millenium is too long. In ten years would we be in the teens?
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post #10 of 38
Goofed up here, see my next post. Hey moderator! How do you remove this thing. Its embarrising. It's like I don't know how to post something.

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post #11 of 38
I say .....
Y2K
2K1
2K2
2K3
2K4
...so on and so forth.
As for the decade.....
Decade 1
....I just made it up but it sounds cool and think, when I am old and grey it will sound like a cool thing to have been around in DECADE 1!

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post #12 of 38
[quote]Originally posted by CosmoNut:
<strong>I say two-thousand two. No "and" either.

What I'm wondering is: what do we call this decade? The "oh's"? The tens? Come to think of it, I can't think of how anyone says the first decade of the 1900's (1900-1910) either. The closest I can think of is "the turn of the century."</strong><hr></blockquote>


we SHOULD call it the OTs
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post #13 of 38
Explaining to my grandchildren:

"When *I* was just leaving college in twenty-OT-two, we still had to touch the computer to make it work. Oooooooh, we had crude software that you could talk to and it'd type out stuff for you, but most of the time we used a thing called a keyboard, and another called a mouse.

"See this keyboard had little buttons for each letter of the alphabet -- the old alphabet (indulging here) -- and a great many people used both hands in punching out words into the computer. We'd also use that mouse thing to point a little arrow on the screen -- I'll tell you about those screens in a minute -- and click on little pictures called ICONS.

"Now this here screen wasn't like them new-fangled 3-dimensional holo-displays like you have now. Noooooo, they were '2-D' and were limited to millions of colors. Worst thing was the older models used to shoot electrons onto a sheet of glass to get a picture. Nasty, really.

"That was a dark time in computer history, too. There was all this competition and discussion about processor chips. See, we hadn't figured out Linear Optical Induction yet (again, indulging), so computer makers kept coming out with these faster and faster chips that would ultimately reach a stopping point in upgrade potential. What was the one that Apple used...oh yes, the G5. Darned lot of discussion about that before it came out -- I'll tell you about that another time so as not to bore you, boy.

"But the kicker, is there used to be this distinction among computers. See, when the personal computer was just getting going, there was this company called Microsoft. After a while, people got sick of their operating systems shutting down, locking up, and just being crappy all the time. Meanwhile, Apple Computer was developing the 'next generation operating system' that everything's based on today. 'Course, that was when it was still version 10. Now, they're up to what, 47? Anyhoo, wow...Microsoft. I darned near forgot they ever existed after the government disbanned them...."

We could only hope.

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post #14 of 38
I say two thousand and two.
post #15 of 38
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post #16 of 38
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post #17 of 38
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post #18 of 38
[quote]Originally posted by CosmoNut:
<strong>Explaining to my grandchildren:
::SNIP::
</strong><hr></blockquote>

bah... I remember the days when we used G3's. AND WE LIKED THEM!
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post #19 of 38
I've fallen (into a habit), but I can get up. 3/4 of the time, I say 2000 1. The rest of the time, I say 20 oh 1. I usually say 20 whatever when it's 10 or more. From your dusty old history books, when did Bill the Kill gain control of GB? Well, it wasn't 1000 66, it was 10 66. It's odd to me how we think we have to change the way we say it just because it's happening to us. Same with the 21st Century, which people insisted had to start when the odometer had three 0s. Not so 100 years ago.

The decade thing... Some like "hundreds" but I like "oughts". Hundreds following 90s implies a continuation, not a new beginning. Thus, oughts seems more appropriate to me, 'cause it's more like you're starting over. The next one would be the tens.

Now there is an apparent contradiction above. But it's not really. The decade of the 20s included 1920, but the 192nd decade started in 1921 and ended at the conclusion of 1930. Why? Just like the first one started in 1 and ended at the conclusion of 10. Ain't no year ought.

And on an earlier theme, why is it The Year 2000 or The Year 2001? Don't people figure the context will tell what you mean when using that number? Or why not just say 20 hundred or 20 oh 1? Is it The Year 1900? No; and we say it 19 hundred, not 1000 900. Step in it once, and you get in deeper the next time. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
post #20 of 38
This reminds me that there is one other feature this UBB board lacks now that we have the auto-redirect-after-posting thing (a great thing, I might add): user polls like they have at Ars. Would be a lot easier to see at a glance how things break down because the polls use simple bar graphs and numeric ratios.

Anyway, like Cosmonut and MacAgent, I say "Two Thousand Two"
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post #21 of 38
Two thousand two.
post #22 of 38
two-thousand two (sometimes with the interceding "and").

those who say "twenty-oh-two" sound to me like those trying to apply the convention of previous centuries (nineteen-oh-three, nineteen-eighty-seven, etc.) to the new date convention, and it just comes off sounding wrong. course, who knows what they were saying a thousand years ago, so maybe it'll stick.

i just wish i could live to see the the NEXT century... modern medicine, you have approximately 50-60 years to make that dream a reality (before my person will probably be too worn out to continue much further, regardless of technology or medicine).

ah, well, i digress...
post #23 of 38
I must have missed the New Date Convention.
When was it held?
post #24 of 38
Ok for me:
1999 - "Nineteen Ninety Nine"
2000 - "Two Thousand"
2001 - "Two Thousand One"
2002 - "Twenty Oh Two"
(104.1 - "One Oh Four Point One")

I don't know why but recently I have been saying "Twenty Oh Two" it just sounds more right. You don't say "Nine Hundred Ninety Nine," do you?

I would call this decade the "Twenty Hundreds". Most of the time I refer to 1900-1910 as the "Nineteen Hundreds," So I guess that works best. However I've also noticed that some of my history book have referred to the period from 1900-1919, simply as "Pre-1920's" or "Turn of the century".

Whatever floats your boat I guess, I think most people are smart enough to figure it out whatever you call it.

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post #25 of 38
"yi ling ling yi neen"
post #26 of 38
2002 = aught two
post #27 of 38
dos mil y dos

Twenty-Oh-Two is stupid.

Spanish is the way of the future. It's sexier.
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post #28 of 38
[quote]Originally posted by groverat:
<strong>dos mil y dos

Twenty-Oh-Two is stupid.

Spanish is the way of the future. It's sexier.</strong><hr></blockquote>

You've been hanging with the ethics too much again sir

although i am saving my teatro en casa box cuz it sounds svelte even if that isn't a word.
post #29 of 38
No, maybe Grover has just had one too many trips across the border for cheap tequila and women.

As for me it's destination: Shenzhen for the same (beer instead of tequila), though I would argue the girls are a million percent prettier.

Of course the music and food would be MUCH better in Mexico. Shenzhen's idea of party music is "Barbie Girl" ugh. And I wnet to a disco in China last month where they served us COCKROACHES as a snack! I am not kidding.
post #30 of 38
Well, the year is too early to tell you what I've become accustomed to saying. But so far, it looks to be two-thousand-and-two.

Of course, last millennium we might say "nineteen-ninety-nine" instead of "nineteen-hundred-and-ninety-nine," but this year we might say two-thousand-and-two instead of twenty-oh-two, because... well, I think the general public likes to pronounce the year with five or more syllables. We're all used to it. Anything less seems strange, abrupt, and unusual.

Anyway, this decade is the Aughts, as far as I'm concerned. The next one can be the Teens, and then we can move into the roaring Twenties.

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post #31 of 38
I say:

Two thousand and two.

[quote] Cosmonut: What I'm wondering is: what do we call this decade? The "oh's"? The tens? Come to think of it, I can't think of how anyone says the first decade of the 1900's (1900-1910) either. The closest I can think of is "the turn of the century." <hr></blockquote>

Some people in England are saying it might be referred to as the 'naughties' (lots of noughts + also lots of naughtiness going on this decade - apparantly) Bad pun and I don't like it personally.

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post #32 of 38
Already I'm starting to like Twenty-Oh-Two. Hmm.
post #33 of 38
It has tae be 'two-thoosand-and-two AD': it has a certain gravitas. There is great danger in no' giving the year the respect it deserves and tae refer tae it by the mare glib 'twenty-oh-two' is tae risk the wrath o' the primordial time-forces which like respect.

Beware lest in the midst o' oor over-familiarity the year turn upon us wi' iron jaws, maul us, toss us up in the air and generally hae it's way wi' us. Dinnae be fooled by 2002's baby-like disguise. It will soon grow up wi' big strong muscles and teeth, and a fiery temper as like as not.

Brithers and sisters; ye hae been warned!
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post #34 of 38
Hey Mac. Better get in chat while you can. Kate's there now.
post #35 of 38
deux mille deux
post #36 of 38
2002 = Twenty-two

Easy to say, and confuses everybody
post #37 of 38
I say Two Thousand Two, but maybe I'll try out Twenty-Oh-Two.

As far as the decade, I say "The Two Thousands". The next decade will be the Tens, then the...etc
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post #38 of 38
I think I'll say TWO OH! OH! TWO. It sounds quite sexy.

Ok maybe not.

J :cool:
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