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2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It will also be the first year of the 2010s decade.

Proclaimed by the United Nations, 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.

Pronouncing 2010 and subsequent years

Among experts and the general public, there is a debate as to how specific years of the 21st century should be pronounced in English. Although the majority of English-speakers say "two thousand 'X" for years of the current decade, in theory this could mean any year up to 2999.

One article suggests that since, for example, former years such as 1805 and 1905 were commonly pronounced as "eighteen oh-five" and "nineteen oh-five", the year 2005 should naturally be pronounced as "twenty oh-five", and that majority usage of "two thousand (and) X" is a result of influences from the Y2K hype, as well as the way "2001" was pronounced in the influential 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In addition, the Vancouver Olympics, taking place in 2010, are being officially referred to by Vancouver 2010 as "the twenty-ten Olympics". The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 has restricted the commercial use of the terms "two thousand and twelve" and "twenty twelve", to protect the London 2012 Olympics.

According to a recent press release, David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, has predicted that the change of pronunciation to "twenty X" will occur in 2011, as "twenty eleven", explaining that the way people pronounce years depends on rhythm, rather than logic. Crystal claims that the rhythm or "flow" of "two thousand and ten", beats that of "twenty ten", but the flow of "twenty eleven" beats "two thousand and eleven". Alternatively, Ian Brookes, editor-in-chief of Chambers Dictionary, suggests the change will occur in 2013 (as 2012 is often referred to as "two thousand and twelve").

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  • Pearl Jam's song "Do the Evolution" references the world in this year: "I crawled the earth, but now I'm higher. 2010, watch it go to fire."
  • Bad Religion have a song titled "Ten in 2010" about this year on their album, The Gray Race.
  • The Mint Chicks have a song titled "2010", which is their first song recorded as a 3 piece after the departure of bassist Mike in 2007. It is the b-side to the Walking Off A Cliff Again 7" vinyl, and will appear on their 2009 album Screens.


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References

  1. Times Online
  2. TadmcIlWraith.com
  3. London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 British Crown 2006; Accessed February 22, 2007
  4. Experts clash over millennium bugbearUK Times
  5. Annular Solar Eclipse of 2010 January 15, NASA
  6. Five Millennium Catalog of Solar Eclipses: 2001 to 2100 ( 2001 CE to 2100 CE ), NASA
  7. NASA's Shuttle and Rocket Missions
  8. Peru to launch a nanosatellite in 2010
  9. Peru to launch its first nanosatellite into space by 2010
  10. El primer nanosatélite peruano llegará al espacio (in spanish)
  11. El Perú lanzará su primer satélite al espacio a mediados del 2010 (in spanish)
  12. Sources: National Geographic, October 2007; Scientific American, October 2007



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