Post # 1
Did anyone else notice that in the newest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings their example of formal invitation wording spells out 2010 as “two thousand AND ten”?
I’ve followed this debate on Weddingbee and saw that the general concensus was “two thousand ten.” That’s what I plan to put on my invites, especially since, by my understanding, the “and” denotes a decimal point (i.e. 2000.1).
What’s the deal Martha, oh Queen of Weddingdom? How could you mess up on this one?!
Post # 3
Oh Martha – you need to keep a tab on those editors!
Post # 4
Haha and I’ve heard from linguists that the officialy way to say this year is ‘twenty ten’. We were supposed to be saying the past 10 years like that but it’s sort of hard to say ‘twenty aught aught’ or ‘twenty oh oh’. Not sure if twenty ten is considered proper wedding invitation spelling though.
Post # 5
Oh MissAsB – Twenty Ten makes so much more sense and I actually like it better – I might just use that!
Post # 6
I’m trying to use it because it sounds nicer. Plus think back to the 1900s. I was born in nineteen eighty seven. Not nineteen hundred eighty seven!
Post # 7
I put ‘two thousand and ten’ on my invites. That’s what several paper vendors suggested and I had seen elsewhere.
Post # 8
Ooh interesting debate. I haven’t figured out how I am writing 2011 yet…
Post # 9
I agree with MissAsB–we called it nineteen ninety nine, why not call it twenty ten now?
You could get really pretentious and say “two thousand and one half score.” How does Martha like them apples, eh?
Post # 10
Yes, I’d heard the same thing about “twenty ten.” It especially makes sense when you think of the 1900s and the logical progression in terms of how we “say” years (e.g. “Nineteen ninety-six…what comes after nineteen? Twenty!).
Oh, Martha, you can only be perfect 99.9% of the time!
Post # 11
Yep, I think Martha messed up, although by “Martha” I mean a MSW editor. I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching this for my own invites and the majority of reliable sources stated that you should not use the “AND”. But truth be told, who is really going to notice or comment either way?
Post # 12
This came up here on WB a month ago.
I’m going with Twenty and ten. I went back to see how mom’s invitation read. It was Nineteen and sixty-four.
Post # 13
I’m was going to go with Two Thousand and Ten -but this post made me feel like I needed some research.
I just got this off of the Huffington Post:
the year “1810” out loud. Now say the year “1999” out loud. See a pattern? It’s been easier, faster, and shorter to say years this way for every decade”
I’m still going to look around a bit more because the most common way is not necessarily the MLA style way…maybe I’ll check that next.
But do I really care anyway? Probably not…I’m keeping things casual.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
geesh I haven’t thought about this much yet…I guess I need to start thinking since we will need to design our invites soon…
hmmm too many ways…I am confused (which isn’t saying much, I am no grammar queen)
September, Twenty Fifth, Two Thousand and Ten
September, Twenty Fifth, Twenty Ten
September, Twenty Fifth, Two Thousand Ten
Post # 15
To be fair, “two thousand and ten” is the correct usage for British English, and some of my US etiquette books use British form in their examples of formal wedding invitation wording (e.g. “honour” and “favour”).
Post # 16
I’ll probably use two thousand ten not two thousand AND ten because I associate AND with a decimal point