Saturday, January 29, 2005
Twenty-o-five or two thousand and five?
Am I alone (no, I know I'm not, for others have emailed, but I do love that pompous old formulation) in noticing that the year now in progress has been designated Twenty-O-Five? I seem to remember that last year was two thousand and four, but the BBC seems now to have settled for the date with the O in the middle. Logical, I suppose, since we often talk of Nineteen-O-Five; yet when did the habit of using O when you really mean nought become acceptable? When phone numbers were invented, perhaps. Ah well: poor old two thousand and four. It nestles today in the dustbin of history. Smallweed