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2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. According to the North Koreanmarker Juche calendar, this will be Juche year 100. This year will also be the 100th of the Republic of Chinamarker (Taiwanmarker) Era year (民國100年).


See also: Year pronunciation

There is a debate as to how specific years of the 21st century, including 2011, should be pronounced in English. Although the majority of English-speakers say "two thousand (and) 'X" for any specific year post–1999, it is often suggested that the continuation of this type of pronunciation for the entire 21st century would be inappropriate or unnatural, given the alternative "twenty 'X" option.

Many experts agree 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 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Experts also suggest that since former years such as 1805 and 1905 were commonly pronounced as "eighteen oh" or "nineteen oh" five, the year 2005 should naturally have been pronounced as "twenty oh-five".

Many people , ranging from linguistic and academic experts to Internet bloggers, predict that the "twenty X" pronunciation method will eventually prevail, but a time frame as to when this change will occur often differs. The year 2010 is suggested by many, while 2011 and 2013 are popular as well. The latest time frame for change is usually placed at 2020 or 2100.

According to a recent press release, David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (ISBN 9780521401791), has predicted that the change will occur in 2011, to "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 out that of "twenty ten", but the flow of "twenty eleven" beats out "two thousand (and) eleven". Alternatively, Ian Brookes, editor-in-chief of The Chambers Dictionary (ISBN 978-0550102898), suggests the change will occur in 2013. The Times (U.K.marker) has suggested 2020 as a final time frame for the change, saying "If people can have 'twenty-twenty' vision, then surely they should also live in the year 'twenty twenty'."

The 2010 Winter Olympics, due to take place in Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker, are being officially referred to as "the twenty-ten Olympics". The 2012 Summer Olympics, due to take place in Londonmarker, U.K, are also being officially referred to by London 2012 as "the twenty-twelve Olympics". Chicago 2016, which operated the official Chicago bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, referred to the "twenty-sixteen games".

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  • The Heroes television series visits 2011 in several different potential futures.
  • In the Aeon Flux television series and film, 99% of the world's population is wiped out by a mysterious virus in the year 2011.
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles television series "Judgment Day" is predicted to take place on April 21.

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  • In K. A. Applegate's Remnants book series, 2011 is the year life on Earth becomes extinct after a 73-mile-wide asteroid nicknamed "The Rock" impacts Portugalmarker. Eighty other humans are placed in a shuttle named the Mayflower mere hours before impact and put into artificial hibernation, while a handful of humans inexplicably survive the impact on Earth; the reason how and the means these few survived amongst the ruins of Earth is not stated.


  1. Norfolk, Andrew (April 5, 2005). "Experts Clash over Millennium Bugbear — Well into the 21st Century It Is Still 'Two Thousand and . . .' Will We Ever Be Twentysomethings?". The Times. Accessed August 31, 2009.
  3. The Naughty Noughties, or something
  8. —Numbers generated using the Solar System Dynamics Group, Horizons On-Line Ephemeris System.
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