It’s been my experience throughout the 2000s that people have almost universally stated the year as “two thousand [year]” – i.e., 2009 was “two thousand nine,” not “twenty-oh-nine.” I’ve noticed, though, that we’re entering a period where the transition to “twenty [year]” is starting to happen, and, thus, we will probably see both usages for a few years (for instance, ads for the movie 2012 state the movie’s title as “two thousand twelve,” while, on the other hand, I saw some commercial featuring Christina Aguilera that mentioned an offer that was good through 2011, pronounced “twenty eleven”).
My question is, when do you think that the “twenty [year]” convention will become the universal standard? I think that the absolute latest will be 2020, just because “twenty twenty” already sounds familiar to most people from 20-20 vision and the ABC show “20/20”, and there’ll be no going back from there. Personally, though, my guess is that the switch will happen earlier, by the end of 2013. It seems to me that “two thousand thirteen,” with its four “t”/“th” sounds, is much more awkward to say than “twenty thirteen,” so that’s when it will really catch on.
What say you? Will “twenty ten” become the standard starting tomorrow, or will people still be saying “two thousand ninety-nine” in 2099?