The funny thing is that we did, in fact, refer to the year in a quasi-Morrissey-style from 2001 to 2009. We had to ditch the system of splitting the four-digit year into two pairs of numbers because there’d be no way to, say, differentiate “twenty-one” as the year 2001 from the numeral 21. But I feel like more often than not, people would have said “two-thousand-eight” whereas if we were talking about 2,008 barking poodle puppies, we’d add extra syllable: “two-thousand-and-eight.” Right? And then 2010 came and reverted to the old system: “twenty-ten.”
I guess from this perspective, it seems like we English-speakers jointly decided to add a syllable for the years 1901 to 1909 but were fine with taking a familiar syllable out for 2001 to 2009.
Whatever. Here, listen to The Smiths.