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The Nameless Decade

Remember the turn of the millennium 10 years ago, when people were excitedly debating what everyone would call the new decade? Well, the debate never ended. Now, The Washington Post notes, the decade is almost over and none of the handful of nicknames the period acquired—the Aughts, the 00s, or even the Naughties—have stuck. Of course, whether it's such a bad thing is an open question. "People think if we don't have anything to call the decade, that maybe we will forget it, that it will be some kind of orphan decade, that it won't exist," linguist Dennis Barron told the Post. "But it's simply not true."