Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | December 26, 2009

The close of a nameless decade

The Washington Post’s Michael Rosenwald muses about the close of the current decade, which has no handy name to identify it:

Dictionary editors, linguists and even radio DJs say we have entered a semantic black hole in which the English language failed to produce a term for the outgoing decade in the same way it has failed to find a catchy moniker for your former in-laws. (Out-laws never stuck.) The language is stumped. The Zeroes? The Ohs? The Oh-Ohs? Help!

Then again, considering how awful this decade was, thanks in large part to George Bush, Dick Cheney, and their neo-con compatriots, perhaps it’s fitting that it doesn’t even have a name.


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