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2020 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2020
MMXX

Ab urbe condita 2773
Armenian calendar 1469
ԹՎ ՌՆԿԹ
Bahá'í calendar 176 – 177
Buddhist calendar 2564
Coptic calendar 1736 – 1737
Ethiopian calendar 2012 – 2013
Hebrew calendar 5780 5781
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2075 – 2076
 - Shaka Samvat 1942 – 1943
 - Kali Yuga 5121 – 5122
Holocene calendar 12020
Iranian calendar 1398 – 1399
Islamic calendar 1441 – 1442
Japanese calendar Heisei 32


(平成 32年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2680
(皇紀2680年)
Julian calendar 2065
Korean calendar 4353
Thai solar calendar 2563

2020 (MMXX) will be a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.

PronunciationEdit

See also: Year pronunciation

Among experts and the general public, there is a debate as to how specific years of the 21st century, including 2020, should be pronounced in English. Although the majority of English-speakers say "two thousand (and) X" for any specific year post–1999, it is often suggested that the continuation of this type of pronunciation for the entire 21st century would be inappropriate or unnatural, given the alternative "twenty X" option.

Many experts agree that majority usage of "two thousand (and) X" is a result of influences from the Y2K hype, as well as the way "2001" was pronounced in the influential 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Experts also suggest that since former years such as 1805 and 1905 were commonly pronounced as "eighteen oh" or "nineteen oh" five, the year 2005 should naturally have been pronounced as "twenty oh-five".[1]

Many people, ranging from linguistic and academic experts to Internet bloggers, predict that the "twenty X" pronunciation method will eventually prevail, but a timeframe as to when this change will occur often differs. The year 2010 is suggested by many[2][3], while 2011[1] and 2013 are popular as well. The latest timeframe for change is usually placed at 2020[1] or 2100.

According to a recent press release, David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, has predicted that the change will occur in 2011, to "twenty eleven", explaining that the way people pronounce years depends on rhythm, rather than logic. Crystal claims that the rhythm or "flow" of "two thousand (and) ten", beats out that of "twenty ten", but the flow of "twenty eleven" beats out "two thousand (and) eleven".[1] Alternatively, Ian Brookes, editor-in-chief of Chambers Dictionary, suggests the change will occur in 2013. The UK Times has suggested 2020 as a final timeframe for the change, saying "If people can have “twenty-twenty” vision, then surely they should also live in the year “twenty twenty”."[1]

In addition, the Vancouver olympics, taking place in 2010, are being officially referred to by Vancouver 2010 as "the twenty-ten Olympics", and the London olympics, taking place in 2012, are also being officially referred to by London 2012 as "the twenty-twelve Olympics". Chicago 2016, which operates the official Chicago bid for the 2016 games, refers to the "twenty-sixteen games".

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