Definitions

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  • n. A decade running from the first year of a century to the tenth.

Etymologies

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Perhaps from nought and eighties.

Examples

  • The oughties were the decade we realized that social relations are comprised of networks and awkwardly rushed to reframe all our relations upon that premise.

    The Insular Decade

  • The oughties were the decade in which popular culture died.

    The Insular Decade

  • The oughties were a decade entirely defined by our hesitant first steps of acclimation to the internet.

    The Insular Decade

  • Ben Kay tells me that the Brits are referring to it as the "oughties" (this is the same pattern that has them referring to garbage cans as "rubbish bins.")

    The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk

  • We will NEVER forget the oughties and the naughty Republicans that colored that decade red.

    Parker Griffith's staff resigns

  • Lebanese politics was punctuated by a string of unsolved assassinations that started during the war years and continued into the oughties.

    Day of Honey

  • Describing the decade that began in 2000 as the "naughties" or "oughties" offers a useful shorthand -- and particularly for people interested in discussing the U.S. economy's perilous dual pathway of rising commodity inflation coupled with financial assets deflation.

    Kevin Phillips: Lies, Damn Lies and Government Inflation Statistics

  • Describing the decade that began in 2000 as the "naughties" or "oughties" offers a useful shorthand -- and particularly for people interested in discussing the U.S. economy's perilous dual pathway of ...

    Kevin Phillips: Lies, Damn Lies and Government Inflation Statistics

  • Sexy, aspirational and post-politically correct, Notes on a Scandal could turn out to be the Fatal Attraction of the oughties.

    GreenCine Daily: Notes on a Scandal.

  • You won't be able to watch those old DVD's of 'Friends' you copied during the naughty oughties because if you stick them in your player it'll call the copyright police on you.

    Boing Boing: January 25, 2004 - January 31, 2004 Archives

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