What the HELL do you call this decade?

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    Sep 04, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    Okay, I've asked this question for the past 5 years to random people and haven't received a solid answer. In fact, here's a link to a website giving EIGHT possibilities.

    http://members.cox.net/mathmistakes/decade.htm


    Strange how you'd think someone should have thought of just one answer and solidified it somehow. I'm sure any common word that had been used around a hundred years ago to refer to years ending in "00-09" has been lost with that entire generation which has since been dead for a LONG time.

    Imagine it's 2010.

    How are you going to refer to 2000-2009?

    Good music from the nineties. A lot of guys here grew up in the eighties. Many went to college in the ___________?

    What? What are you going to call it? What do you think is the best answer?

    And why do you think there is no solid, or dictionary definition, or general understanding of just one word to describe this decade when there was just one word to describe the previous decade? Why are there EIGHT equally likely answers?
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    Sep 04, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    The End of Times
  • Timbales

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    Sep 04, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    The Oughts
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    Sep 04, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    I call it the Terrible 10's.
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
    the twenty-o's.
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:26 PM GMT

    The zeros?icon_neutral.gif

    The "O's"icon_confused.gif

    I have often wondered this myself.

    In 20 years, what will we call this decade??
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    Its just called the Naughties over here as far as i know


    I like it icon_twisted.gif
  • art_smass

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    I like the "oughts," too. It reminds me of the British Antiques Roadshow, when the appraisers say something like "You paid a thousand pounds? Well, you can add an ought to that."
  • Webster666

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    2000-2009: The oughts
    2010-2019: The angst years
  • kinetic

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    The 00's; pronounced 'The Ohs'. -Yeah it's one of the eight, but was in my head before I read it. So I guess it's the one I would use.
    I dunno works for me, I was in college in the Ohs. icon_razz.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 04, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    I like to call it the nineties sometimes just so someone will freak on me and not know what to call it...."it's not the nineties dumbass, it's the...it's the...."

    I guess these years could be called the "preteens"
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    This decade isn't the difficult one, we had the seventies, the eighties, the nineties, this current decade is the naughties, by this system the next decade will be called the tenties, and that just sounds silly.
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    Well, the "Age of Anxiety" from the poem by WH Auden does occur to me, along with its inspiration, Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2.

    I don't think the decade will be remembered fondly, compared to the last turn-of-the-century decade 100 years ago, the Ragtime Era that followed the Gay Nineties, part of the Gilded Age before World War I.

    Perhaps we need to reach back 200 years, to Europe, when Napoleon was conquering Europe and plunged the Western world into almost continuous warfare & turmoil. Thank you, George Bush and Dick Cheney, thank you, Republicans, for a poisoned legacy, and failures & memories best forgotten.

    But what shall we call it? I wonder what a wasted decade merits?
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    I would say it's been the Decade of Globalization. It used to seem strange to work with people in foreign countries. Nowadays, projects often involve people from literally all corners of the world, and even recessions turn into global events.
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    ”The last decade“
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    likemstrong said”The last decade“


    Ugghhh. I sure hope you're wrong! First it was 2000, now people are talking about 2012. Some of us still have a lot to accomplish, ya know. And these aging bones aren't as fast as they used to be, so we really need more time.
  • AlexGuess

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    Sep 04, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    The Oh Oh's icon_surprised.gif
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    as a whole, the first decade of a century is called the oughts... individual years for this decade will almost invariably be called oh-one, etc, though, even if the 1900s actually used ought. not that there is anything worth saying about it so far, its really a decade that will be split into a part of the 90s and a part of the teens as far as i'm concerned... we're out of it in a few months anyway.
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    bitch fest!
  • jrs1

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    Sep 04, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    1. Post Talented Mariah and Whitney.
    2. I grew up in the New Millennium & Change.
    3. I attended school during the Big Tens.
    4. The Post 90s Nickelodeon Era.
    5. That one time when the United States had a black president
    ... a half black president who attended the Punahou School, Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard who came from wealth.
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    Sep 04, 2009 11:46 PM GMT

    The Gays, God, and Guns.
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    Sep 05, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    i thougth it was the oughts but i often say "oh nine" like FY'09. works...icon_confused.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 05, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    How about, the first decade of the 21st century?
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 05, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
    What did they call 1900 to 1909? The "1900's" was the whole century.
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    Sep 05, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    generally the first decade of any century (not just the 1900-1909 example) is called "the turn of the x century." once the "x" is mentioned the context is known and then it is appropriate to call it simply "the turn of the century."