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9:01am on Tuesday, 6th December, 2005:
One of my first posts to QBlog was a rant about how to pronounce years starting with 20. People say "two thousand and five" instead of "twenty oh five", and most of them haven't even noticed it's different from how they used to say years before.
On Radio 4 this morning, I heard Chris Davies, leader of the group of Liberal Democrat MEPs, manage to call the year 2002 "twenty thousand and two". He must have started off intending to say "twenty oh two" then forgotten and switched to "two thousand and two" with the resulting comical effect.
I'm hoping the next time I hear him, he says "two oh twenty" to make up.
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