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

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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.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dean

    I'll call it 'The beginning of the end of the Democrat party'.

    December 31, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. CryBabies

    @ Lynda/Minnesota....Thank you for your New Year salutation. As you know I disagree with you 99% of the time( at least) but I have a soft spot in my heart for Minnesotans . My mother lives up in the "lake country" of central Minnesota and I love my summer visits. Been going back since my childhood of the 50's when my grandparents lived there. And thats all I'm going to say about that. New Year to you.

    December 31, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Apparently GOPerville will be spending their day over at the Romney family article (of which I for one have read enough comments).
    Please and kindly get out of my head Lynda! I just posted a comment saying that they were still going at it. Friday came early to CNN apparently!
    I'm trying to see how this non-story ended up on the political ticker...I too will reiterate my New Year's best wishes to everyone right, left, in the middle and the "couldn't care less" amongst us!
    Blessings to everyone....
    Happy New Year Rudy NYC!! How you like your new Mayor elect trying to shut down a NYC tradition of horse drawn carriage rides? Curious as to your opinion on that.

    December 31, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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