Is writing 2020 overhyped?

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Unless you live in a closet where there is no television or internet access and not even an amazon echo or a flip phone you have probably seen advice about how to write the year “2020”.

People who write “20” instead of “2020” rum the risk of having someone fraudulently add two more digits onto the year which could mess up a contract or even a check. Let’s say you use checks and you wrote one on February 2 and dated it 2/2/20.

Someone could change the date to 2/2/29, which would . . . I guess I have no idea why someone would do that to a perfectly good check. Would the bank still cash it?

I always use 4 digit years on legal contracts. I am pretty old school that way. I actually saw computer code back in the 1900s that used two-digit dates and there were some problems with sorting data and other issues that caused large companies to spend a lot of money having the problem fixed so that everyone could have a good laugh if the year 2000 when almost everything worked.

If a contract to purchase a house is dated 3/1/20 and someone changes the date to 3/1/2021 that could really hose things up. Again it is unclear to me how someone might benefit from that but maybe they could.

It is also possible that in say 2022 someone will insist that a date on a document was supposed to be 2020 but someone added the “22” to a document that used a two-year date of 20. That could get complicated especially on birth certificates and driver licenses.

If I see “20” as the year on a document I might assume that the full date is 1920. That could really make things interesting. It is harder to forge but how can a person prove that the “20” is for the year “2020” and not for “1920” or “1620” for that matter.

Maybe I am overthinking it or maybe not.

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