2014: How are you going to say it?
December 31st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

2014: How are you going to say it?

Washington (CNN) - Say this out loud: 2014.

How did you say it? "Twenty fourteen" or two-thousand and fourteen?"

For the past decade, according to CNN polling, the choice was clear. When asked to say the year out loud, Americans almost unanimously choose to preface the final two numbers with "two thousand" instead of "twenty."

But that is changing.

According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday, Americans were roughly split on whether they will refer to 2014 as "two thousand and fourteen" or "twenty fourteen."

Fifty-two percent said they would call the year "two thousand and fourteen," while 46% said they would refer to it the other way, according to the poll.

This is a departure from previous years.

In 2007, for example, 91% of Americans said they would call it "two-thousand and seven." Ditto for pronouncing 2009 in that year.

But as the decade changed, so did the usage pattern with a good deal more people opting to use "twenty" in place of "thousand."

Gender could be a factor going forward.

While men are split at 48% between the variations, 56% of women said they would use "two-thousand and fourteen" compared to the 43% who favored the other way.

Geography may also be important.

While "two-thousand and fourteen" dominated among respondents from the Northeast and South, people from the Midwest were split and more than half surveyed from the West said they would use "twenty fourteen."

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International by telephone on December 16-19, 2013 with 950 interviews and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: 2014 • CNN/ORC International poll • Polls
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    With new laws–this is founders and forefathers had in mind. Obama has already proved his LEGACY. shut up GOP. GOP has no clue for this nation.

    December 31, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  2. JEDaddy

    I say "two-thousand fourteen," without the superfluous "and." Economizing syllables helps it roll off the tongue a little more easily. I think the addition of the "and" in their choice may even skew their poll results slightly, though I don't dispute the trend. After all, none of us was saying "one-thousand nine-hundred ninety-nine" back in the twentieth century.

    December 31, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  3. Bob T

    First off, nobody say two thousand AND anything any more then they would say twenty AND something. Secondly, for first ten years of the decade it would have sounded stupid to say something like twenty o seven.

    December 31, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. Captain Obvious

    You don't suppose it could have anything to do with the fact that up until 2010, pronouncing 2008 as twenty eight, or 2009 as twenty nine would have sounded like saying 28 or 29?

    December 31, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  5. Elaine

    I'm a woman in the south – I welcome the use of "twenty" instead of "two thousand." Yeah, "two thousand" was a big deal for a long time - new age, new millennium, futuristic, Twilight Zone, etc. but we're over that, aren't we? I wonder when they stopped using "nineteen hundred" or "one thousand" after we flipped to those dates…

    December 31, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. smith

    I guess it`s been a slow start for political topics today. Two-thousand fourteen for me.

    December 31, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    I happen to be one of the many who call 2014 the end of the Republican Party.

    December 31, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Good bye,13.

    December 31, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Either way you say it........it will be yet another really bad year for America.

    December 31, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. Rando

    TWENTY fourteen, after all it wasn't "party like it's one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine" was it?

    December 31, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    twenty something

    December 31, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. jerryrigger

    Quite frankly, I cannot see the United States having much exemplary to celebrate this New Years'. The president has leveled a weapon of mass destruction on the country with his ACA. That is the most rudimentary health insurance plan that he could have formulated to make people purchase. This country needs to take stock of itself before it can celebrate good times once again, and this health insurance plan is at the top of the list of things to change or dispose of and start over again...

    December 31, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. clevercandi

    Wishing everyone a happy, safe and prosperous 2014 - no matter HOW you say it :)

    December 31, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. KW--- Arizona

    I'll say it "20-14" (twenty-fourteen)

    December 31, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. J Robinson

    Oh, and what did they do at the beginning of the 20th century? And the 19th, etc. etc. No doubt economy of effort will eventually prevail since twenty has the fewer syllables. Too bad that same principle didn't apply to the length of this article.

    December 31, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Steph

    If you do say two thousand, it should be "two thousand fourteen". Not "two thousand AND fourteen" as this article says.

    December 31, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Ms. G

    Twnety-fourteen! Did we say One thousand Nine hundred Fourteen? No; we said Nineteen-Fourteen! 'Nuf said.

    December 31, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday, Americans were roughly split on whether they will refer to 2014 as "two thousand and fourteen" or "twenty fourteen."

    Well ... I was going to give an initial knee jerk comment ... but on further reflection perhaps it would be better if I first finish my morning cup of coffee. There is much to ponder in this poll.

    Much to ponder indeed.

    December 31, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Zeth E.

    Gender and geography could be a factor in how we pronounce the year? Really? How much do you make a year, because I'll gladly take the silly writing position you call a job.

    December 31, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. swohio

    I'll say it the same way I've been saying it since 2010......twenty fourteen.

    I mean, when you think about it, how come we didn't refer to the year 1913 and "One thousand nine hundred and thirteen". Why did we say "Nineteen ninety nine" before it became the year "Two thousand"? But once 2001 got here, why didn't we just say "Twenty O' One"?

    To me, it just seems logical to continue the whole "Seventeen" – "Eighteen" – "Nineteen" progression and so on.

    December 31, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Sheila

    Twenty fourteen – Did we say One thousand Nine hundred Fourteen? No; we said Nineteen-Fourteen" or Nineteen fifteen or Nineteen twenty one

    December 31, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    Either way you say it........it will be yet another really bad year for America.
    _____________
    It just must be awful being you! Happy New Year Rick!

    December 31, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. just asking

    How did you say it? "Twenty fourteen" or two-thousand and fourteen?"
    -–

    i'm sure obama must have issued an executive order covering this or it must be part of obamacare. we the people are far too dumb to make this decision along with our healthcare needs.

    December 31, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. IA

    I say Tomato..you say tomahto. Silly news coverage!

    December 31, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Apparently GOPerville will be spending their day over at the Romney family article (of which I for one have read enough comments).

    Might I use this article to wish everyone from all sides of the aisle a very safe and happy New Year?

    Top of the day to 2014 ... whichever way you choose to say 2014.

    December 31, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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