So how did you say that in your head?
In the 1990s, people talked about ‘the new millennium’ – we considered a thousand years in one statement.
We had ‘the year two thousand’, not ‘two thousand’ or ‘twenty hundred’. In fact, we didn’t have the ‘twenty hundreds’, we had ‘the noughties’, which is so noughties when you think about it.
Then once ‘the new millennium’ had settled in, we started talking about ‘two thousand and..’
For example, 2003 was ‘two thousand and three’, ‘not twenty oh three’, not ‘twenty three’, (or ‘two thousand three’ – unless you were from the United States of America).
When did it change from ‘two thousand and…’ into ‘twenty’?
Well, here’s my theory, as far as dear old Blighty is concerned.
It was the London Olympics.
We had two thousand and eight and nine and ten and eleven, but always planned for ‘London twenty twelve’. Personally, I quite liked the ‘two thousand and…’ nomenclature, a bit of formality, but concede that it was time to change when twelve came along; a bit like getting to know a regular customer in a business, who you call Mr/Ms until one day they say, ‘please, call me Dave/Doreen’. A very British custom.
So, have a lovely twenty sixteen. Or two thousand and sixteen. Or two thousand sixteen. Or two oh one six.
Whatever you call it, have one.