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### Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Does that make the middle year "the year of Christ"? Political/religious gap year? That year that time forgot? The year that forgot because drugs man?

### Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:25 pm UTC
reval wrote:Ah, good point. Okay, you got me there. I still want a Year Zero, though.
Check out the Ecclesiastical Calendar in my sig. And come join us in the One True Thread.

Jose

### Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
ucim wrote:
reval wrote:It makes sense to me to treat 1 BC as Year 0, and 2 BC as Year -1. Days and months and years seem like ordinary numbers and number ranges. I don't understand why this is a problem?
For one thing, we don't count the months backwards when we are in negative years. That's probably the crux of it.

Jose

So if we started counting months backwards, would that mean the year starts with Negative December and ends with Negative January? And do Weeks* in such years start at Negative Saturday and end at Negative Sunday?

* Capitalized because Weeks knows the answer to this question

### Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:59 am UTC
Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:So if we started counting months backwards, would that mean the year starts with Negative December and ends with Negative January?
Well, we'd number months from zero, January would be month zero, December would be month 11. But the last month in negative years would be month... already there's a problem. Would it be month negative zero? Or negative one? (making the first month of that year month negative 12?). This is where the problem is one of ranges vs. points. Giving names to these months is just hair on the dog.

Jose

### Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:42 am UTC
In my mind I intend to say two thousand and sixteen, but the 'and' isn't always audible.

Twenty- hasn't caught on with me. I suspect I haven't heard it nearly as often because it doesn't save as many syllables as nineteen-.

Angua wrote:An American once told me I was doing it wrong when I was teaching English with her and saying 'One hundred AND one, One thousand, one hundred AND ten). Apparently they don't say the and.

Jimmy Pop puts the 'and' in 1972 in the opening verse of this song.

### Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
I seem to remember when I was learning Russian that they do ages differently to us. They do 'first year, second year' whereas we say completed years.