How do you say the years? Anyone?
(1) I have asked a "million" people the same question, and no one
has been able to give me a satisfactory SHORT answer.
(2) I heard one reporter on TV call 2000 - 2009 the "OO's."
(He pronounced the letter O)
(3) An American magazine recently used the term "the aughts."
(a) "aught" = 0
(b) Of course, 95% (?) of Americans would never use that term.
(c) But it is nice, isn't it?
(4) I guess you will just have to say "the first decade of this century."
P .S. I hope you say "the aughts." If I ever have to mention that
decade, I plan to use that term -- especially in writing. If enough
people start using that term, it will then become the "correct"
term: the 1980s, the 1990s, the aughts.
***** THANK YOU *****
The early two thousands from Raymott sounds OK, doesn't it.
"Just after the turn of the millennium."
How about that?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Many people call these years the noughties.
Just to answer the question, here are some possibilities:
the early 2000s
the years [immediately] following the millennium
the first few years/early part of the last decade/noughties [BrEng at least!]
the post-millennium years/period
the years post millennium
the years subsequent to the millennium [hmm, maybe that's me reverting to legal English as is my wont]
or how about:
From [about/roughly] 2001 to 2003
Between [about/roughly] 2001 and 2003
However, if I said, "I used to be overweight back in the early two thousands", you'd probably know what I meant.
Obviously, it's inexact and vague - it's meant to be. If I wanted to be precise, I'd say, "I used to be fat between March, 2001 and August, 2003."