Thursday, December 10, 2009
When the ball drops to ring in the new year, people all over the world will be faced with a very difficult decision. What will we call it? Will it be two thousand ten or twenty-ten? Good question.
Until the year 2000, everyone referred to the year as two separate numbers. Nineteen-eighty, rather than one-thousand nine hundred and eighty, for example. So why would it be two thousand and ten?
On the other hand, we have been saying the entire number for the past ten years, so why change something that people are used to?
In order to answer this week’s Good Question, Jeff conducted an un-scientific poll by asking his Facebook friends what they will call the New Year.
Of the half-dozen responses, 10 people said they’d say twenty-ten and only one person said two thousand ten. The twelfth person said, “Who cares?”
Send your good questions to firstname.lastname@example.org