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80's is the eighties 1980 - 1989

90's is the nineties 1990 - 1999

Is it 00's and 01's?

How do i define a decade name for the 2000 and 2010?

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  • The "aughts" is one way of referring to the first decade of a century, in American English, such as 2000s (decade). From 2000 to 2009. See:en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aughts – user067531 Aug 18 '18 at 15:35
  • What does it mean to call a decade 'short'? – jsw29 Aug 18 '18 at 16:37
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In the English-speaking world, a name for the 2000-2009 decade was never universally accepted in the same manner as for decades such as the '80s, the '90s, etc. You could use the '00s, and the '10s for 2010-2019.

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    Was it the same problem for the 1900s and 1910s? Or the century before for that matter? – Zebrafish Aug 18 '18 at 15:57
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In Britain, for the 2000-2009 decade, the noughties (sometimes spelled naughties) is quite popular and has an entry in the OED:

The decade from 2000 to 2009.

1989 W. Safire in N.Y. Times Mag. 7 May 18/4 That postcard touches on several possibilities suggested by scores of..third-millennium freaks... The Naughties was suggested by 40 readers.

1990 R. J. A. Smith in Independent (Nexis) 19 Jan. 20 After the Eighties and the Nineties, what should we be calling the next decade? The Noughties?

1991 New Scientist 14 Sept. 62/3 With regard to Richard Caie's question about suitable names for the next two decades..: considering the moral decline of society as a whole, the next decade must surely be the noughties.

1996 New Scientist 11 May 80/3 Rachel Oliver thought of a rather more serious difficulty which we will encounter in the year 2000. What will we call the new decade..? To get the ball rolling, Oliver suggests the ‘noughties’.

2000 Evening Post (Wellington, N.Z.) (Electronic ed.) 1 July Ditch the mesh handbag, flick the World arm-bands, and dump the diamante butterfly hairclips: the ultimate celebrity-endorsed accessory for the discerning noughties woman is the bloke who is..Just Gay Enough.

2001 Sunday Times 25 Mar. (Style section) x. 6 The Noughties celebrity face has a line-free forehead and bee-stung lips.

For the current decade, I think the twenty-tens is about the best anyone has come up with. But it has no entry in the OED.

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