Joe's Cafe, 24/7 pit stop for ESL learners and teachers | January 2010
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The Very Unnaughty Noughties
In previous centuries each decade has generally had a label based on its numerical value:
Now it seems that the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) is being called The Noughties (”nought” = 0 or zero).
We must take care not to confuse this with the adjective “naughty”, which can mean:
Wonderful as it might be to call the 21st century’s first decade The Naughty Noughties (like The Swinging Sixties), this is impossible as it was one of the most proper - even pious - periods in history, in which political correctitude came of age and fundamentalists of all religions gained ascendancy.
Joe | Friday, January 1st, 2010 | Filed under Vocabulary
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