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

I have often heard the period between 2000-2010 called the "noughties", and the period between 2010-2020 as the "tweens". Was there an equivalent of this in the 20th century (or earlier!), or is this a modern invention?

Should we be using another, "correct" term?


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The decade of 1900 to 1909 was known as the aughts.

The noughties were the result of referring to zero as O (oh) or nought in many countries.

I am not sure about the period between 1910 to 1919 though. I have not heard of the tweens being used for this decade either.

I am of the opinion that a tween is generally a person who is in between the age group of 10 to 12. Not a child. Not yet a teen.

So, maybe the tweens you came across might have actually been referring to the period from 2010 to 2012 which we are now a part of.

Please provide reference to tweens you might have come across.

  • I had only heard it used verbally, although looking into it further it looks like it may have been "teens" - it seems to be fairly common
    – soulBit
    Jun 9, 2011 at 18:29

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