What Should We Have Been Calling the 2000’s?

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”.

14 thoughts on “What Should We Have Been Calling the 2000’s?”

  1. I vote for bringing back the word "aught". Most of the people from the 1900's who used it are all dead, so we can claim it. Then we can say things like "I remember when Hurricane Katrina happened in aught five."

  2. my daughter graduated in the year 2000. At the pep rallies, it took them a while to figure out what they could chant…….there was the class of ninety-EIGHT…..ninety-NINE….and two-thousAND? Didn't work. so they resorted to Y2K!

  3. I love this. Thank you. Now can you please help me with 2010 and 2011. They suck.



  4. I'm trying to remember my vow to use '2 thousand' for the years 2000-2009 and 'twenty' starting in 2010. It's not working very well.

    1. I feel like this is a little to the side. We already said "nineteen" before "seventy" "eighty" etc…So the analogue with "twenty" is already there for giving the four-digit name. But "seventies" and "eighties" don't have an analogue when the digits are "00" and "10". So while you are correct to point out the difficulty of giving a consistent or comfortable nomenclature to the four-digit names of the decades, that's a separate issue.


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