The best thing - and probably the only good thing - about reaching the year 2010 is that we can finally stop saying "two thousand" every time we talk about the year.
It is, then, both surprising and aggravating to hear people saying the Olympics are coming in "two thousand and ten," and referring to the movie 2012 as "two thousand and twelve." It's "twenty ten" and "twenty twelve."
When people ask you when the Canucks made their last appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, do you say "one thousand nine hundred and ninety-four?" No, because that would be stupid.
When people ask you what was the year of confederation, do you say "one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven?" No, because you didn't pay attention in school and you have no idea. But if you did know, you'd just say "eighteen sixty-seven."
So, to recap:
Two thousand = difficult, awkward, pointless and stupid
Twenty = easy, tidy, sensible, and smart
And to those who complain that I never talk about hockey, this is very much a hockey issue, as I expect Daniel Sedin to set the example and lead the way in this.