I’m From the Future and I’m Here to Help.
Happy New Year!
It’s the first day of 2010 and I’m looking forward to starting the year off right, which is that this year is “Twenty Ten” not “Two Thousand Ten.”
On our way home from our New Year’s Eve festivities driving past the Civic Center, I rolled down the window and yelled, We’re living in the future! »
You see, while the twentieth century prepared us for 2000’s advent, seeding our dreams with visions of a space-faring culture, the future is not evenly distributed. Depending where you are—Athens, OH; Seoul, South Korea; St. Petersburg, Russia—you may in fact be somewhen other than now.
For ten years, English speakers said “two thousand [some single digit number 1 through 9]” rather than saying “twenty oh [some single digit number 1 through 9]” because they (we) were living in the past, living in the run up to the twenty-first century.
It’s ten years in, peepo. Come join me in the future.