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It's so natural using "the 90's" and similar to refer to decades in the 20th century. But what about 2000 to 2009? It feels strange to use "the ones" or even "the tens" for 2010 to 2019.

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  • We won't know for another ten years or so. – Hot Licks Oct 21 '15 at 3:12
  • Uh ... La Belle Epoque Redux? – Ricky Oct 21 '15 at 3:53

Two solutions: 1) Use "2000-2009" with an en-dash 2) "The first decade of the twenty-first century"

I guess you could also say "From 2000 to 2009 ..." but it could appear awkward depending on the sentence.

  • I would guess redmint is asking whether we should call it "The Zero Years" or something. – Ricky Oct 21 '15 at 3:55

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