Name That Decade

With just four chin-stroking days left ’til New Year’s, everyone’s trying to come up with a suitable handle for the past ten years. 

The Washington Post’s Howie Kurtz (via Media Nation) writes them off as the Awful Aughts, while New York Timesman Paul Krugman dubs them The Big Zero, because “It was a decade in which nothing good happened, and none of the optimistic things we were supposed to believe turned out to be true.”

And then there’s this, from Politico’s Playbook

THE PASSING DECADE, which still has no name — The Financial Times’ rubric: “the noughties.” The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead explores this question in “What Do You Call It?” 

Splendid readers, what do you call the past decade (whenever it ends)?

Send your entries to Campaign Outsider, and the hardworking staff will figure out whether to have a contest.

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4 Responses to Name That Decade

  1. Pingback: Name That Decade: The Sequel « Campaign Outsider

  2. Michael Pahre says:

    While 2000-2009 are the aughts or naughts, the first decade of the millenium — 2001-2010 — will not end for another 366 days…

  3. innocentsmithjournal says:

    Want to make this decade better than the last? Arianna Huffington has a fabulous suggestion: move your money to community banks. As Krugman points out, Democrats have yet to offer a “full-throated critique” of excessive leverage and CEO pay. So it’s up to us.

    I have discussed Huffington’s suggestion in more detail at the Innocent Smith Journal:

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