It puzzles me why, in speaking of the year 2001, everyone is using the rather harsh and pedantic phraseology of "two-thousand-and-one." As long as any of us has been alive we have referred to 1776 as "seventeen-seventy-six"; 1812 has always been "eighteen-twelve"; 1941 will forever be "nineteen-forty-one."
Even the century year 1900 has come out as "nineteen hundred."
Granted this century year, 2000, doesn't sound right as "twenty hundred," so referring to it as "two thousand" was a given.
But, for me, I'm living in the year twenty-oh-one. Anybody else want to join me?
Richard E. Hartney, Martinez