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Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10933/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
It's either this year or next, depending on where you are
Years recently aren't nearly so cumbersome in Roman numerals as those in the last 20th century. I was born in MCMXCLXXXVII, for instance. 
Zero One 5130 And as we fall the spirit carries on, That a hero'll come and save us all, As we call the ones we left below, We all dream of the day we rise above Level: 121 Posts: 2338/5133 EXP: 19551511 For next: 505185 Since: 052410 From: Delta Quadrant Since last post: 6 days Last activity: 1 day 
 
Originally posted by Terra You were born in 2077? 
Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10934/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
Derp, I knew there were too many symbols in there
MCMLXXXVII? Is that right? 
Zero One 5130 And as we fall the spirit carries on, That a hero'll come and save us all, As we call the ones we left below, We all dream of the day we rise above Level: 121 Posts: 2340/5133 EXP: 19551511 For next: 505185 Since: 052410 From: Delta Quadrant Since last post: 6 days Last activity: 1 day 
 
Assuming you were born in 1987, yes
I was born in MCMXCIV. 
Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10935/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
You're young, Zero One
Back in MCMXCIV, I turned VII years old and entered the IInd grade 
Nicole Diskkun Level: 139 Posts: 2002/6428 EXP: 32098453 For next: 368992 Since: 070607 From: Boston, MA Since last post: 2 days Last activity: 2 hours 
 
Late 20thcentury dates are harder to write in Roman numerals than early 21st, perhaps, but I think what this thread definitively shows is that they also look better (or at least more impressive) while doing so. 
Zero One 5130 And as we fall the spirit carries on, That a hero'll come and save us all, As we call the ones we left below, We all dream of the day we rise above Level: 121 Posts: 2341/5133 EXP: 19551511 For next: 505185 Since: 052410 From: Delta Quadrant Since last post: 6 days Last activity: 1 day 
 
If I'm correct then 1999 SHOULD be MIM. 1,000, then 1 before 1,000. But I'm probably wrong
EDIT: Ah, I am, that's 2001. I wonder about IMM... 
FieryIce Luigi 不知道该写什么 Level: 112 Posts: 1587/4107 EXP: 15231764 For next: 106441 Since: 121708 Since last post: 23 days Last activity: 16 hours 
 
I was born in MCMXCII. Ugh, there's a reason we don't use these anymore.
2011 is just a little over 2 hours away here ... 
Zero One 5130 And as we fall the spirit carries on, That a hero'll come and save us all, As we call the ones we left below, We all dream of the day we rise above Level: 121 Posts: 2342/5133 EXP: 19551511 For next: 505185 Since: 052410 From: Delta Quadrant Since last post: 6 days Last activity: 1 day 
 
Originally posted by FieryIce It's been MMXI over here for almost II hours We're only X minutes away. 
Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10937/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
"Officially", you can't use subtraction with a number that's more than 10 times, so like IV and IX are fine, but not IL (which becomes XLIX), IC (which becomes XCIX), etc.
The actual Romans were a lot more free with it, though, and they might write, say, IIII for 4, IIV for 3, VV for 10, etc. 
Liliana "A horrible person". That's what it says. "A horrible person." We weren't even testing for that. Level: NaN Posts: 2121/3841 EXP: NaN For next: 0 Since: 072307 Since last post: 6.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
I'm sure the Romans would prefer IM for 1999 over what you would normally use. I think it's MCMXCIX. 
Milly Level: 69 Posts: 1186/1289 EXP: 2826457 For next: 43286 Since: 120207 Since last post: 1.0 years Last activity: 1 hour 
 
1888 was even worse (MDCCCLXXXVIII), 1988 is 2 less letters
But there's also a pretty big difference when just spelling out the numbers, at least in French ... 1999 is "mille neuf cent quatrevingtdixneuf", then 2010 is simply "deux mille dix" Not so much in English, between "nineteen ninetynine" and "two thousand and ten", or does "twenty ten" work too? 
Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10938/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
Ah, so French doesn't have a shorthand way of saying long numbers? In really proper English it'd be "one thousand nine hundred and ninetynine", but almost nobody calls years that. 
Nicole Diskkun Level: 139 Posts: 2003/6428 EXP: 32098453 For next: 368992 Since: 070607 From: Boston, MA Since last post: 2 days Last activity: 2 hours 
 
Originally posted by Milly I've heard twentyten before... I think the 2000s (since no one would say something like "twenty one" and mean anything other than 21 vs. 2001...) kind of hurt the shorthand version's usage, but it'll probably become more and more common again now. 
BlackRose Transforming cats into robots since 1989! Level: 87 Posts: 1726/2373 EXP: 6383402 For next: 9372 Since: 101309 From: The World Since last post: 8 days Last activity: 3 hours 
 
Happy New Year from Atlantic Canada! 

 
Originally posted by Milly "two thousand and nine", "twenty ten" (much like the new default Wordpress theme), etc. 
FieryIce Luigi 不知道该写什么 Level: 112 Posts: 1593/4107 EXP: 15231764 For next: 106441 Since: 121708 Since last post: 23 days Last activity: 16 hours 
 
Originally posted by Terra Nope, at least that's what my French professor told me. Spanish doesn't have one, either ... we'd say "mil novecientos noventa y nueve" for 1999 and "dos mil diez" for 2010. 
Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10939/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
German has a little bit of a shortcut in neunzehnhundertneunundneunzig, as it starts translated "nineteen hundred" and not "one thousand, nine hundred". Still not as efficient as English. 
Nicole Diskkun Level: 139 Posts: 2006/6428 EXP: 32098453 For next: 368992 Since: 070607 From: Boston, MA Since last post: 2 days Last activity: 2 hours 
 
Originally posted by Terra ...German has got to be the only language where "neunzehnhundertneunundneunzig" can be considered a shortcut. 
Taryn Rest In Peace 19872014 Level: 192 Posts: 10940/14742 EXP: 99518225 For next: 355346 Since: 090109 From: Seattle Since last post: 5.0 years Last activity: 5.0 years 
 
That's just because German tends to compress numbers into one word. A new word doesn't get added until a million, so the number 234567 would be zweihundertvierunddreißigtausendfünfhundertsiebenundsechzig, if I'm not mistaken 
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