Idly flicking through the TV channels I noted that many of the announcers, blazoning their new line-ups for January, favoured the form twenty-ten. This got me thinking about the last decade. Two thousand for 2000 was of course a natural. Two thousand and one followed comfortably, its way prepared years before by the Kubrick movie, always so spoken. The rest of the decade followed suit and one rarely if ever heard twenty-oh-five, twenty-oh-eight, etc.
But what now? Will we fall back into the usual pattern (ten-sixty-six, nineteen-ten). Or will two thousand whatever continue to predominate, having established itself, so to speak? Any straws in the wind, on either side of the pond?