What Should We Have Been Calling the 2000’s?

03/19/2011 By Shawn Burns

I just want to go on record, here, now, where and when it no longer matters and no one would believe me, and even the people who believe me won’t care:

I came up with calling the decade between 2000 and 2009 “The Naughties”.

Seventies, Eighties, Nineties…Naughties.

In case it’s not clear why: 0 is also known as “naught”.

So, 2000 is “naughty”, 2001 is “naughty-one”, and so on.

I thought of this in the nineties, but I didn’t have a blog back then. I used the expression whenever I remembered, during the actual decade, but, alas, to my knowledge it never caught on. Now, my friends, you may go forth and proselytize; spread the word of Shawn, and know that the word is “Naughty”.