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How Do You Say the Year 2014?

 

Take our little test to see how you say the year 2014.

First, say out loud the year 1942.

You probably said nineteen forty-two, which is correct.

Now say out loud the year 1914.

You probably said nineteen fourteen, which is also correct.

Now say out loud the year 2014.

Isn't it time we started saying twenty fourteen?

You probably said two thousand and fourteen.

Why did you say that?

People can also say twenty fourteen for the year 2014. Why?

For written English, it would be appropriate to say two thousand and fourteen. Spoken English, however, is less formal.

Saying twenty fourteen is perfectly fine.

It is also more consistent with how we have said dates from previous centuries.

Pass it on.