Letters: 2010

Listeners respond to the story on what to call the year 2010. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Robert Siegel. We had a deluge of email about our story on what to call next year, either two-thousand ten or twenty-ten.

BLOCK: Many thanks to Robert Siegel for bringing up this debate so we can finally get re-synchronized and get on with our century, writes Jane Mulcaster(ph) of San Jose, California. In my mind, the only year that should have been called two-thousand anything was the year 2000. I guarantee you that by twenty-thirty, no one will be saying two-thousand thirty, at least I hope not.

SIEGEL: Libby Graves(ph) of Macon, Missouri, wrote to us, and she says: I had overlooked the difficulties that the younger generation is having with what to call next year. She says: We recently drove past a local high school with class of 0-10 rocks painted on the window. It's unfortunate that we play them in basketball and not quiz bowl.

BLOCK: And Doug Welker(ph) of Pelke, Michigan, has another concern. He emails this: We had no problem deciding that we were in the '70s, '80s or '90s, but what decade are we in now? Are we bunch of unimaginative gutless wonders who will forever weasel our way out of having to give this decade a name? If I am any indication of what most folks are like, I'd say the answer is yes.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIEGEL: Yes. Well, the polls have been open since yesterday, and you can vote on both pressing issues, what to call next year and what to call this decade: the aughts, the naughties, the twenty-Os or something else entirely. You can go to the Two-Way Blog on npr.org and vote. In the lead so far: twenty-ten, and the aughts. And while you're there, if you want to comment about any of the stories that you've heard on our program, you can go to the bottom of the page and click on contact us.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.