I've been using Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Selection to read some articles from various websites on my iOS 13.3.1 iPhone 8. Whenever it reads "2020" (without the quotes), it says "inches" afterwards. This seems to happen with all the UK English voices. I don't have any custom pronunciations configured, and changing the Speaking Rate doesn't affect it. As an experiment, I wrote the following in Notes. I've annotated it with what the screen reader says:
2019 // two thousand and nineteen 2020 // twenty twenty inches 2021 // two thousand and twenty one 1010 // one thousand and ten 2010 // two thousand and ten 1020 // one thousand and twenty 5050 // five thousand and fifty 202020 // two hundred and two thousand and twenty 20.20 // twenty dot twenty 20:20 // twenty twenty "2020" // twenty twenty '2020' // twenty twenty
I can't think of any cultural reason that 2020 without quotes would automatically mean inches, and only in the UK. Can anyone explain it?