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What is the name of the first decade in a century?

When you wanted to state that something belongs to a previous era's fashion at the turn of the century you could say so 90s or so 20th century.

Now when you want to say that something belongs in the 200xs what would you say?
(So zeros or so aughts just doesn't sound right.)

Edit: This is not a duplicate of What is the name of the first decade in a century?

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This question is relevant to at least 10% of the years (even more if you want to say something belongs to an even older decade), so it doesn't seem to fall under the "too localized" close rule. –  Danny May 28 '12 at 17:02
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How about fin de siècle? –  Optimal Cynic May 28 '12 at 17:49
    
What's wrong with "so 2000"? –  nico May 28 '12 at 18:30
    
I added a link to the question that this is a supposedly a duplicate of myself. This is not exactly the same question - here I am asking for an expression, not simply a name for the previous decade. –  Danny May 29 '12 at 8:44
    
@OptimalCynic Other than it being in French and not English, it refers to the end of the century, not the beginning. –  Danny Jun 8 '12 at 1:32
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The noughties is sometimes used — aparently primarily BrE. It's a clumsy term but...

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Found that in the linked question (see the aughts link), however, it too just doesn't sound right - especially preceded by "so". –  Danny May 28 '12 at 16:31
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There really isn't a term that has been universally accepted for this. So I would tend toward:

So ten years ago

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"So last decade" would sound better, since it is referring to a ten year range and not a specific year. However, I was hoping for a 2000 decade specific term. –  Danny May 28 '12 at 17:00
    
That is a relative term so it won't refer to the 00's ten years from now. –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner May 28 '12 at 21:36
    
I don't disagree. So in ten years you can start saying, "So twenty years ago." As I said, I don't know of any term that has been universally adopted. –  Jim May 28 '12 at 22:42
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Since you are going for a lighthearted remark, you could try:

So turn-of-the-century.

I think that might be particularly effective, because, a mere 20 years ago, the same phrase was being used to describe the time period around 1900.

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I don't think turn-of-the-century works at all today for the decade 2000-2009. Twenty years ago it was being used to refer to a period ninety years earlier. I seriously doubt the expression would have been used in 1912 to refer to the immediately-preceding decade. –  FumbleFingers May 28 '12 at 22:09
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@Fumble: That's the point–it's meant to be wry humor. Where "that's so turn-of-the-century" used to mean something very different–something long ago, in the age of our grandparents–it suddenly means something that's barely 10 years old. Yet with the rapid changes in technology, things become out-of-date much more quickly. I've actually used this expression several times, in contexts such as: "Oh, email! That's so turn-of-the-century," as a way to emphasize how email is falling out of fashion in favor of texting and social networks. Usually, it works. Maybe I should've elaborated more. –  J.R. May 28 '12 at 22:16
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oic - yes, I agree that the pace of change really is hotting up as we approach technological singularity. Which Wikipedia defines as the time when "greater-than-human intelligence" arrives, but which I define as the time when new things are arriving so fast you'll go to bed one night knowing approximately the state of human knowledge and control of our environment, but by the time you wake up next day, all that will be no more than "ancient history". –  FumbleFingers May 28 '12 at 22:26
    
@Fumble: Yes, exactly. Advertisers have played on this phenomenon, too, showing, e.g., someone walking out of a store with a new electronic gadget, only to spot a billboard advertising an even newer version, even as the customer is still standing in the store parking lot. –  J.R. May 28 '12 at 22:52
    
This expression could be good for 90 years, however, I am not sure it is catchy enough. –  Danny May 29 '12 at 9:48
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I would say, "so last decade." Which would refer to the '00s.

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Yes, but that is a relative term so it won't refer to the 00's ten years from now. –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner May 28 '12 at 21:35
    
So last decade, as I previously wrote in a comment sounds good, however, it is a relative term as FWFD stated. –  Danny May 29 '12 at 9:47
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I rather like to use antemillennial, but that only applies to the year 2000 itself, not to the ones following it.

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Well, then, you can always use antecentennial for the next 900 years :^) –  J.R. May 29 '12 at 10:00
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Ideas I had:

  1. "So 2Ks", however, like "so 2000s" this may refer to the entire millennium.

  2. "So last decade", which is good until 2020.

  3. And a new idea: "so 2000s and 0s".

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Mm... sounds like “soda case”. –  tchrist May 28 '12 at 17:17
    
@tchrist: "In the year soda-case oh-nine..." –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner May 28 '12 at 17:21
    
Does that mean you think this expression is catchy? :-) –  Danny May 28 '12 at 17:39
    
If anyone has a better idea, vote to reopen the question and then post an answer. –  Danny Jun 8 '12 at 1:37
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