Whether I thought of the letters as Christmas cards or year-end ones, depending on who would get them, I tried to follow my usual habit of writing “Happy (year number)” instead of just “Happy New Year.” I like that for myself when I’m looking at old cards — if someone’s wishing me a happy 1987, it must be 1986 in the letter.
But it was harder to do that this year. Just when I’ve started writing years and landing on “20” first, as described here, suddenly I found myself having to put the 19 back in.
The best laugh here is how long we’ve all been doing this. It’s not just the 18 years you might think, 2001-18, but 2000 didn’t have a “19” in it, either.
That makes it 19 years without a 19 in the year. But it’s back!
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