I pondered what I should blog about my first post back from a six month plus hiatus. There are so many issues to choose from, health care (which was the subject of my first post way back in Nov., 2003), education, the economy, socialism in America, Obama’s approval polls, well, as you can see, it’s a rich target environment.
But there’s an issue more pressing that these, something that affects each one of us.
How do we refer to the next several years?
I’m talking about speaking rather than writing because you can put it in writing anyway you want. But how will we SAY it?
None of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 nor their shortened forms, roll of the tongue like 2001-2009.
Of course, we used the entire year in 2000 and could repeat that again for the next 11 years. There are elections next year, so will we call them the 2010 elections, the oh-ten (not exactly the same as ’01-’09 but close enough), or simply ’10?
We like to shorten things when we can, but will these years be short-able? 2010 is only three syllables, but the rest are four or more, one more than we usually use for years when we’re talking, except in rare cases.
I’ve tried saying “10” a few times and it just doesn’t feel comfortable. Will it become more so with practice?
Only time will tell.
Anyway, I’m back.