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    2000s

    Dear all,
    The decade between 1980 and 1989 is called "80s (eighties)", and the following decade is called "90s(nineties).

    Then, what do you call the years from 2000 to 2009? What do you call "00s" when you read it aloud?

    Thank you!

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    Re: 2000s

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,
    The decade between 1980 and 1989 is called "80s (eighties)"
    That would be only 9 years!
    I would say between 1980 and 1990.

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    Re: 2000s

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,
    The decade between 1980 and 1989 is called "80s (eighties)", and the following decade is called "90s(nineties).

    Then, what do you call the years from 2000 to 2009? What do you call "00s" when you read it aloud?

    Thank you!

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Optimistic.

    (1) You have asked a REALLY good question.

    (2) I, too, have been trying to find the answer to: What do

    we call the years 2000 - 2009?

    (3) It appears there is no answer accepted by everyone.

    (4) There also seems to be a difference between American English and

    British English regarding this matter.

    (5) A few years ago, I was reading a British newspaper online when

    I came across the word "naughties." I immediately thought of people

    who had done something naughty. It took some time for this slow learner

    to realize the meaning: "naught" = 0. Therefore, ...

    (6) Recently an American journalist on TV didn't know how to refer to

    the first decade of this century, so he called them the "00s." (He

    pronounced the letter "O.")

    (7) And just this week, I found this in a very respected American

    magazine: "The aughts."

    (a) Of course, as one ESL expert commented, probably 99% of Americans

    would never use this in writing -- let alone speech. But I don't care: I

    think it's "cool," and I intend to use it whenever possible.



    ***** Thank you *****

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    Re: 2000s

    From 1910 - 1919 = the tens?

    Cheers!

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    Re: 2000s

    Good question. There is no universally accepted name for the decade, although recently I have more than once seen 'the noughties' (from nought, meaning zero) in a broadsheet newspaper without any quotation marks, ie:

    the noughties

    and not, as I'd seen previously:

    the "noughties"

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