The First Decade
Here I go trying to coin yet another neologism ELZR in yet another abuse of the universal soapbox that is the blog. This time, why not be grand?, I’m going to tackle the most famous neologism lack of all: a name for the decade that yawns between 2000 and 2009. In written form, one usually calls it the 2000s but the “two thousands” is just plain silly. Other proposed names, taken from the 2000s pedia, are the “noughties” (the least narrowspread of the proposals), “the zeroes”, “double zeroes”, the “aughts”, “double-aughts”, “oh’s”, “double oh’s”, “oh-oh’s” “aughties”, “oughties”, “2K’s”, “uh-ohs”, “zoogs”, and “ozies”. Obviously, the search still continues.
So here’s my stab at it: let’s call it, elliptically, “the first decade”. It’s a tad millenialist but also fittingly portentous. It is also universal (“la primera decada”, “la première décennie”, “die erste Dekade”, "æœ€åˆ?ã?å??å¹´", “a primeira década”, “ÐŸÐµÑ€Ð²Ð¾Ðµ Ð´ÐµÑ?Ñ?Ñ‚Ð¸Ð»ÐµÑ‚Ð¸Ðµ”, “la prima decade”), easily extendable (2010-2019 is “the second decade”, 2020-2029 “the third decade”, and so on), perfectly memorable, immediately understandable, and, let’s face it, just plain cool. It’s a whole new language for talking and thinking about our century.
Here some usage examples:
Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project, born with the first decade. WP
By the second decade, we’ll be adding more than a year, every year, to human life expectancy. ELZR
Third-decade ipods will be able to carry every piece of content ever created. ELZR
At the beginning of the fifth decade, there will be 9 billion people on the planet. ELZR