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Two thousand ten (not Twenty ten)

It seems like it was just yesterday that the whole world was bracing for the great calamity-that-never-materialized: Y2K.

That was 10 years ago. (For those who've forgotten, or who just weren't there, everything with any computerized components throughout the world was expected to stop functioning as the date changed to the year 2000.)

We're hurdling into the next decade, the year Two thousand ten. I've heard it pronounced Twenty ten, too, but that's just wrong, and here's why.

• We used Nineteen ninety, for instance, to represent the year Nineteen hundred ninety. You wouldn't say Twenty hundred ten. Without the "hundred," it just doesn't mean the same.

• Twenty ten may sound okay, and Twenty twenty is catchy. But Twenty eleven just doesn't work; neither does Twenty eighteen.

• Two thousand ten is only one syllable more than Twenty ten, but it is grammatically correct, makes more sense, and can be used throughout the next millennium.

So, I implore you, let's all use Two thousand ten. Otherwise, I might want to start my own trend, something like Y2K+X for 2010. (X is the Roman numeral for 10.)