Goodbye 2019, hello 2020.
It’s a year of new beginnings, but it’s not without a bit of controversy it would seem.
First, will it be pronounced 20-20 or two thousand twenty?
A family member recently asked my professional opinion about which is correct as she prepared to deliver a speech the following day.
My response was 20-20.
Granted, we said two thousand and one, two thousand and two, etc., but saying 20-01 just sounded odd. I likened it to 19-89. I don’t think I ever heard anyone describe that year as one thousand, nine hundred and eighty-nine.
No matter how you say it, 2020 is here. I’m sure we’ll hear both variations throughout the next 12 months, maybe even catch ourselves saying both 20-20 and two thousand twenty at times.
Now, if that wasn’t enough to think about, there also has been some debate over whether 2020 is the start of a new decade or the end of the last decade.
I’m of the opinion it’s the start of a new decade, but I can also see why some would say it doesn’t actually start until Jan. 1, 2021.
If you think about it, when we learned to count as mere children way back when, we started with one not, zero. So, with that in mind, one to 10 could make a decade, but, on the other hand, we reach our 20s at age 20, not 21.
With all that said … it does not matter how you pronounce 2020 or whether you believe it’s the beginning of the new decade or not, it has begun, and I for one plan to embrace it and all it has to offer. I hope you do too!