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2012 Will Be A Unique Year!

Updated on January 1, 2012

Your Last Chance for a Three Syllable Year!!

Make the most of 2012...It's the Last for an age!

Yes, 2012 will be unique: Absolutely guaranteed: even if the world’s economy collapses, we are plunged into WW3, or the Little Green Men from space finally arrive and conquer us.

Why do I say that you may ask?

Because 2012 - twenty-twelve - will be the last three syllable date year you, your children, grandchildren and many generations to come will have the luxury of being able to rattle-off.

Unless I am way off, the next three-syllable date will be in 3010, the next Millennium! We won’t get one in all the hundreds of years until then: 2110 is 4 syllables, as are all the following hundred year intervals. (Note: we normally include the zero when speaking of years under 10...20 0 9, etc.).

So aren’t we lucky this year? Britain will have its “2012 Olympics,” 27 July (help!), It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

We will have the 200 year Dickens Anniversary Festival on Feb 7, Titanic Sinking 100 year remembrance April 12, on the 23rd of that month, the Shakespeare Festival, June 5, the Royal Drone’s diamond jubilee and, or course, Wimbledon and the British Open.

All the producers will be able to enjoy the slick “2012” sobriquet. But no more for nearly 1000 years! 998 to be precise.

Does any of this matter? Not a whit, I suppose, unless you are facing a gunman who says “I am giving you precisely 1 second to tell me what year we are in!” “Twenytwelve” you gasp and your life is saved! Just as the Martians touch down at Heathrow.

Happy new three-syllable year all!

Diogenes xoxo

PS Please let me know if I’ve screwed-up with this, it’s a bit complicated for these atrophying brain cells.


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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Thought your brain cells were working exceptionally well, which is why I decided to follow you in the first place. Shiny and new can be nice, but brain cells should be used. ;) Enjoyed this piece.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks Au fait. You must be ovah here somewhere to be buzzing around so early New Year's Day Bob

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Happy New Year Bob! I love your wit and of course gives me always one more thing to think about...those little green men of course...I just hope they are friendly and bring some good tips on gardening...I am horrible with numbers..so I am taking your word for it..lol

      Have a wonderful New Year day

      Take care,

      Sunnie

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      You, too, Sunnie: I think I will write a hub on how to write a hub from nothing after my last effort. Still, it is peculiar, isn't it?

      I hope (springs eternal) that 2012 will be better than the last...Bob

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Totally un-screwed up! Brain cells never work early in the morning maybe they don't work well early in the year, but yours are working fine. A subject matter few would think to choose. As always your wit shines through and makes it a pleasant read. Happy New Year Bob and may you see many more! Voted up and funny.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      tillsontitan. Thanks for checking! I sort of unresigned a bit, if that describes my recent efforts.

      Thanks for visit and may all your dreams come true for twentytwelve! Bob

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      An important reminder indeed, Bob! Now I'm no longer ignorant and happy.

      Thank you.

      ^_^

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I hope I don't detect a faint note of sarcasm, Will!?

      Or perhaps irony is nicer

      Bob

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      One minute I'm blissfully oblivious to the three syllable significance of 2012, and now it bears heavily on my soul!

      Curse you, Bob!

      ^_~

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Don't worry (3 syllables) Will.

      I haven't had a good southern cussin' fer a long time!

      Bob

      PS Where are your tribe of stand-up cowpokes and low, no good varmints that populated those great short stories? More soon I hope.

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Bob, you've made me think to hard and I guess I lost my smarts along with my wood tree, I didn't catch on until it was just about done, so I started all over. It used to be fun to be fooled, now it's more fun to know, thanks for starting my year off in a haze, I hope yours is as much fun as mine is going to be, by the way what year is it?

      Cheers.

      dust

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Sorry Dusty. I had to work it out on paper, too. Strange, though, not for another nearly 1000 years will we get another 3 syllable year number...Bob

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      writeronline 5 years ago

      Thanks Bob, for expanding my syllabic horizon. And top marks for spotting something that will stand for nearly 1000 years!

      Up until now, my contemplation of matters syllabic has been limited to wondering, disturbingly often, though not to the point of obsession, or attempting to find an answer.. why it is that of all the letters in our alphabet, only one is multi-syllabic.

      Looking forward to more Bob's Bulletins, but pleased to see you back in the general swim as well.

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      Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I expect great things,and hope the same for the world."HAPPY NEW YEAR"!!!!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi WOL. See! Now you have spotted one I missed: double-u of course. Maybe an article here as you track down the mystery. Bob!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Jack: I wish I could share your optomism...Happy New Year to you, too Bob

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      There I was minding my own business when you come along and confuse me, Bob.

      I'm with Will on this one ... I can see this fact is going to lodge in my mind and I am going to bore people to death with it.

      Thanks, Bob (sarcasm) ;)

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Oooo...I just love a mean women...stick it too me, gal!

      I am sure once the year gets under way again you will have more to occupy your mind...by the way, is "sarcasm" two or three syllables?. I know irony is 3 (Ha!) Bob

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Steady, our Bob! Is it too early to start drinking??

      Rats! I'm going to have a head full of syllables all day now ...

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      It's 4:30 here, British sun's well over the yardarm Bob

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      If it's 4.30 where you are Bob, it's 4.30 where I am ... so where did I put the booze?

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, I didn't know we had so many celebrations. I'll never be sober. hahaha

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      I admire your intelligence Bob! And I do hope it's a unique year for you - In other good ways too :)

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