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#5664 08/25/00 05:54 AM
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Is there an agreed upon term to speak 00 when referring to this year? There seemed to be some hoopla in 99 regarding what would become accepted in speech but I only see avoidance of it.


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Dear Michaelo,
How do you "speak 00"?
a. "Oh, Oh"
b. "Zero Zero"
c. "Nil Nil"
d. "Null Null"
e. "Zero-Oh"...


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I haven't heard or said any of those. I've heard: this year, two thousand, and (incorrectly) the millennium.
Y2K seems to have been abandoned as (incorrectly) "that computer problem."

"These are the data from spring zero zero and those are the data from ninety-nine" just doesn't sound right.




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"These are the data from spring zero zero and those are the data from ninety-nine" just doesn't sound right.

Maybe it doesn't sound right cos surely noone treats "data" as a plural any more.....not in the year '00.......














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I am interested in rising conventions about how we refer to the current year. I like the reduced number of syllables in "March thirteenth, two thousand" as opposed to "March thirteenth, nineteen nintey-nine."

I still have trouble (and have for about two years) easily giving the expiration date of my credit card over the telephone. For an expiration date of 06/02, do I say "Oh six, Oh two" or "six, Oh two" or scrap everything and say "June, two thousand two"?


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just for the record, "oh" is a letter and "zero" is a number...


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>>just for the record, "oh" is a letter and "zero" is a number...

Yep. Strange how one extra syllable will tear me away from my principles. "Oh" is just easier to say than "zero." What suggestions do you have for my monosyllabic number "seven?"




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>What suggestions do you have for my monosyllabic number
"seven?"

it was abbreviated as "sen" in sennight (the period of seven nights and days, cf fortnight); so there is precedent for using that....


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>>Maybe it doesn't sound right cos surely noone treats "data" as a plural any more.....not in the year '00.......

*raising hand* _We_ do!


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I now think that two thousand one, two, etc. is not really an encumbrance afterall but for the sake of construction consistency I would have to say nineteen ninety nine which is a little weighty. You'd think I didn't have more to worry about like global destruction, but how will we refer to this decade in the future? I've already rejected the zero-zeros. Maybe just the zeros?


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