How do you say "2009": two thousand (and) nine?

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  1. iSamurai macrumors 65816

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    I've always had this mystery that I want to clear up...

    As I speak british english, I always say the "and" in e.g. 2009, 234 etc.
    (two thousand and nine, two hundred and thirty-four), and I know for a fact that different english regions based on british english also say the "and".

    I've read on Wikipedia and they say it's apparently american english, but I was watching CNN just now and one presenter say the "and" and the other doesn't. They're all american... (CNN US simulcast on CNN International now...)

    so this is really weird. I guess this differs from where you're from in the US... probably also applies to the US english omitting the "on" in "on" Monday, "on" Tuesday... coz it's really weird that some articles on cnn.com have the "on" and some doesn't... :confused::confused::confused:


    if you're an american and you don't say the "and" nor the "on", where're you from (which part of US)???
     
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    I like to say MMDCCLXII


    Actually, I've never given it any thought. So long as people know what you're trying to communicate, I don't care if an "and" is omitted or not. I don't even know what I regularly say, probably "two thousand nine" because it's more efficient. :p
     
  3. és: macrumors 6502a

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    Also known as 'English'.
     
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I'd use the 'and' myself as well. I'd expect it's something that does vary from country to country though, even among English speaking nations.

    Thing is though, at which point do we switch over to 'twenty-whatever'?

    I've heard the 2012 Olympics being referred to as the 'two thousand and twelve' and 'twenty-twelve' Games. the same is true of the recent bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

    Enquiring minds demand an answer.
     
  5. arkitect macrumors 601

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    2000 and 9

    2762?
    Interesting… ;)

    Bleghh.
     
  6. és: macrumors 6502a

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    I think most people will change next year and say 'Twenty Ten' and so on. Otherwise it'll be like saying 'Nineteen Thousand and Ninety Nine' instead of 'Nineteen Nighty Nine'.
     
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    I'd tend to agree. There'll likely be a transitional period where both are used though, and I'm sure some will be stubborn and stick with the two thousands...
     
  8. iBlue macrumors Core

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    I think so too! :D

    MMIX might be a little less confusing and accurate though, huh?
     
  9. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I don't think we're quite there yet. :p
    19099

    I was born in 1964.
    I was born in nineteen hundred and sixty four…

    So I guess I'll be sticking with the two thousands. :eek:
     
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    i say "two thousand and nine". next year ill probably switch to "twenty-ten".
     
  11. iBlue macrumors Core

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    two hundred thousand AND nine!

    Quit being so specific! :p
     
  12. és: macrumors 6502a

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    Numerical Nazi! *shakes fist*




    D'oH
     
  13. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Gaaah… I can't help myself.

    I am such a pedant.
    It's a curse I tells yah!
    :eek::p
     
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    I say two thousand nine the majority of the time, but if I'm watching my speech I say two thousand and nine.
     
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    I always use the and 9, it appears the bollocky BBC disagrees however.From what I hear the largest group of English speakers (Indians) are on my side.
     
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    I don't think I have a standard method. I sometimes add the 'and' and sometimes just say two-thousand-nine.
    Next year it will be twenty-ten.
     
  19. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Two thousand and nine. At the end of this decade I may say Twenty ten or two thousand and ten. I have yet to decide.

    However last century I said Nineteen ninety nine.
     
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    Two thousand and nine. Or 'this year'. :)


    Not trying to start this discussion again, but actually American English has changed/evolved less than British English since Americashire was first settled by teh Europeans. ;)
     
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    Two thousand and nine. I can't decide when it becomes better to say 'twenty whatever' though, I'm thinking 2013.

    Another major time based difference I've noticed between Americans and English people is the use of 'half past', 'quarter to' etc. My old American friends never used to understand it, when I asked how they approximated the time they would say 'eight thirty' or whatever was closest.
     
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    Well however the English speak it should be called English, no matter how it has changed. ;)
     
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    I always say 'Two Thousand and Ten' and I HATE it when people say 'February 13th 2009' it's '13th February 2009'
     

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