Decade Slips Away With No Name

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  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    So what the hell do we call it?

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    Please spare me and the other readers of this thread the inane, "the decade doesn't end for another year" crap. kthxbai.

     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I thought they were called The Noughties (or variant: The Naughties)?


    I remember having gone through this conversation near the beginning of this decade, probably at MR as well. :eek:
     
  3. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure the generally accepted term is The Noughties. At least in the UK. It's one of these phrases that no one actually uses in day-to-day speech though; it's a media creation and obsession. Similar to things like twitterverse and Euroscepticism.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I remember this issue on the news just before January 1, 2000 :p
     
  5. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    The Aughts? or the Oughts?

    Or just the suckiest decade. :D
     
  6. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    What about the 10's?

    Just like they did 100 years ago?

    We would just have to talk about the 1910's, and the 10's would mean 2000-2010...
     
  7. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    No

    No, because they did it about 90 not a 100 years ago. I mean, the 10's would refer to 2010-2019, and not 2000-2009.
     
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    I concur on both these :). And I quite like the name the "noughties".

    So people in their 20s can lament how crap commerial music is compared to the nineties. So teenagers can reminisce how great the music was. And how today's pre-pubescents know what decade to refer to for their retro music.
     
  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Any decade where the O2 can rate an NSync album (starring songs like this) as one of the best of the decade clearly does have pretty bad taste in music. And I was less than 15 at the time of that album's release ;).
     
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    As to the name for the decade you're interested in, I've most frequently heard it called the 2000's. That has obvious problems. Why didn't anyone just ask someone who was old enough to remember what the decade was called 100 years ago?

    That's not crap. It's arithmetic. But since you are defining the decade you're interested in as the years between 2000 and 2009 (inclusive), it's not pertinent. Your lament, quoted above, doesn't specify which decade. ("the ____? decade") If you were to refer to the 200th decade, then the arithmetic would be pertinent. You could also define a decade as the years between, say 1995 and 2004 (inclusive) of course. It depends on your purpose for grouping a set of 10 years.

    Back on topic... call it "the first decade beginning with 2000". Yikes!

    I'm waiting for the year that we drop the "Two Thousand and....." (usually without the "and") My guess is that it will be 2020.
     
  13. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Twenty ten, or Two thousand and Ten, the former is simpler to say :).
     
  14. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

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    Well, for some alternatives...The Zeroes? The Zips? The Ciphers?

    Or, for an oldie-but-a-goodie...the Turn of The Century. Nice retro feel, IMHO. :cool:
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

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    How about "The Stupids"? This was a pretty bad decade for intelligence.

    ^^^^The Zeros seems to fit this sentiment nicely.
     
  16. rdowns thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    St00pids. I like it.
     
  17. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You're clearly making this more difficult than it has to be. It's just semantics. Every one of us knew precisely what rdowns meant by the name of the past decade, and that this past decade, which he meant as ranging from 2000-2009, isn't technically over yet.....
     
  18. bobob macrumors 68030

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    I have every confidence that this upcoming decade will be known as the Teens, not the 10's. Maybe not so much at first, but as we move into the later years of the decade and most certainly afterwards.

    As for this just concluding decade, I have yet to hear the correct answer - the one that will stand the test of time.
     
  19. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Works for me too.
     
  20. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Maybe the previous decade should be the Pre-Teens. Or the Tweens.
     
  21. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    No I'm not, and no it isn't. And, you didn't quote the portion of my post that acknowledged the understanding. rdowns made a reference to the "counting issue" that I also responded to. It's not difficult at all. It boils down to this: The first year of the 1st Century, A.D. was 1, not 0. (And, yes, I know which decade we're in, and it's not the 200th.)
     
  22. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I actually recall my great grandmother referring to early dates that way (i.e. Ninteen aught one). :eek: (I presume its a US bastardization of the UK nought).

    Maybe politically incorrect, but it certainly seems to fit. :D :p
     
  23. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    I bet you're loads of fun at parties.
     
  24. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Obviously.

    Sorry for that... :eek:
     
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    You think he gets invited to parties? :p
     

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