Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Oh-Thirteen?

During the years 2001-2009, we had various ways of shortening the year to two digits conversationally. It appears that the early-20th-century "ought-six" terminology never caught on, and it seems to me that the most-common early-21st-century term was (for example) "oh-six" for 2006.

Fast forward to 2013. Why-oh-why are car dealers talking about "oh-thireen" models of cars? I'd think by now if you must try to differentiate between the year and the count, you could say "twenty-thirteen."

The usage "oh-thirteen" grates on me. Enough to where I turn the radio off when I hear ads from a Bay Area auto dealership that runs lots of ads using it.
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