2010: Hot Topic?

It seems that pronunciation of next year’s name – 2010 – is causing a bit of a stir following David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s recent appearance on BBC Radio Two as they sat in for Jonathan Ross.

When chatting with a caller, David Tennant wished them a good New Year, calling the successor to 2009 ‘twenty ten’ – something which lead to the following exchange:

‘Oh twenty-ten – get you! Who’s been reading the compliance rules!’

Tennant told their guest, fellow Doctor Who star Bernard Cribbins: ‘We’re supposed to say twenty-ten.’

Miss Tate laughed: ‘You’re not allowed to say two thousand and ten.’

Bit of a crazy one isn’t it – and while not the highlight of the broadcast (after all Bernard Cribbins was in the studio, he’s worth his weight!) it certainly seems to be the one thing the Daily Mail are taking from it.

But what is the answer?

While “twenty-ten” is no doubt quicker, “two thousand and ten” sounds considerably grander. I suggest we use both, depending on the situation…


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