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"aught eleven" and "The Aughties"

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:09 am    Post subject: "aught eleven" and "The Aughties" Reply with quote

Although I see 1000 or so uses of this phrase ("aught-eleven") in google (probably 100 if I pressed the issue), I'm not sure if this will catch on.

I like the way it sounds, it's pretty precise, and relatively unique and original.

It has another interesting element, which is that the word "aught" has changed its meaning from what was historically the case. In the past (how far back?) the "aught" referred to the decade, not the century. Something happening in "Aught 7" would be understandable to someone living in 1915, but something happening in "aught eleven" would not have been.

"Aught" now can be freed up to refer to the entire century.

You could call it "the 21st century", but you could also call it "the aughties".

The real problem with this is that it has only certain timeframes where it makes any kind of sense. As much as I like saying "aught eleven", I don't think it'll have much charm when 2020, 2035, 2085 come around: "aught twenty"? no. "aught thirty-five"? nope.

It could pick up steam in the 22nd century, as people need to distinguish between years in the 2000-2099 timeframe from the 2100-2199 timeframe. Something said to happen in "aught 35" would be clearly distinguished from something that happened in "35", both for people for whom 2135 is in the relatively near future, or in the relatively near past.

So there you have it. 100 or so years ahead of my time in developing catch phrases. I take a (very) small bow, and say, you are welcome, 22nd centurions! (That's what they call you, right?)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would you feel about ratcheting down the nth century references by one to make it easier on ourselves.

So the 19th century (1800s) would become the 18th century.

And the 20th century (1900s) would be the 19th century.

The Aughties become the 20th century which has the added benefit of lots of movies not seeming so old.
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