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Old 11-18-2019, 04:26 PM   #16
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I've thought more about it, and I'm going to go ahead and declare a particular linguistic nuance:

When it is an adjective, people are more likely to say "twenty." When it is a noun, they say "two thousand."

Consider:

"Back in two thousand fourteen"
"The twenty-fourteen Olympic games"

"When Donald Trump was elected in two thousand sixteen"
"The twenty-sixteen election"
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:10 PM   #17
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Yeahbut,

In 1814 [eighteen fourteen] we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip …

ETA: and we're gonna party like it's 1999...
……...and the 2001 attack on the WTC...

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Old 11-18-2019, 05:43 PM   #18
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:50 PM   #19
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I've thought more about it, and I'm going to go ahead and declare a particular linguistic nuance:

When it is an adjective, people are more likely to say "twenty." When it is a noun, they say "two thousand."

Consider:

"Back in two thousand fourteen"
"The twenty-fourteen Olympic games"

"When Donald Trump was elected in two thousand sixteen"
"The twenty-sixteen election"
This is good.

I was gonna say, I always say "two thousand nineteen" in reference to what I can't believe is still happening.
"It's two thousand nineteen--people are still [whatever the thing is]??"
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:10 PM   #20
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Yeahbut,

In 1814 [eighteen fourteen] we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip

ETA: and we're gonna party like it's 1999...
...and the 2001 attack on the WTC...
All numbers prior to 2000 are irrelevant--no one ever said one-thousand-x-hundred anything. Likewise, once we hit the 2100s, it'll for sure go back to "twenty one" all the time.

2001-2009 are their own category because "twenty oh one" sounds dumb. But I maintain that years like "two thousand fifty-four" will stick around to some degree all the way to "two thousand ninety nine."
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:03 PM   #21
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All it takes is one really catchy song, that popularizes saying the year as twenty-something in the lyrics, to change the way everyone says it for at least a decade. We'll see what pop culture says.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:05 PM   #22
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That's not very catchy.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:26 PM   #24
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Recorded 1968, Odessa, Texas ...

It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks commencing July 12, 1969. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August and September that year. ...
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