Twenty ten or two thousand and ten?

I’ve heard one too many people talk about the year “two thousand and ten” or “the two thousand and twelve Olympics”.

It doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue, does it? Consider the following, which sound more correct:

  • 1066: “One thousand and sixty six” or “ten sixty six”
  • 1984: “One thousand nine hundred and eighty four” or “nineteen eighty four”

So, for the sake of our collective sanity, why not stick to “twenty ten” or “twenty twelve” instead, please?

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