The Very Unnaughty Noughties
In previous centuries each decade has generally had a label based on its numerical value:
- 1950-1959: The Fifties
- 1960-1969: The Sixties
- 1970-1979: The Seventies
- 1980-1989: The Eighties
- 1990-1999: The Nineties
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:
- disobedient (especially for children)
- slightly rude, badly behaved, indecent, sexually “improper”, obscene, pornographic etc
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.
By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub January 2010
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.
I’m used to following this siteweb! But today I want to ask this questions!
Hello! I’m joshua! Can you be a little bit clear with this! From 2000 to 2011 and 1900 to 1999?
hi everyone.I’m a new member. happy new year to all of you. let’s study hard
what is the mean of noughtie??
i can’t understand!!!
Ekasofia: I think I can help you. We mostly say twenty-eleven for 2011.
I’d say the same as @Ian(17), “twenty-eleven”, but I think the trendy new way to say it in Wall Street is “two-eleven”.
how about 2011?how to call?
i also confused how to say number n time
would u help me?
The Very Unnaughty Noughties”
Very unaughty, it means , not bad.
Noughties, it means Noughtiest, badly behaved, especially by being mischievous or disobedient
Inoue Aiko says:
Thanks to englishclub.com specially to you
Joe actually base on your tips 2009 is being noughties which is 2,010
we’re not be able to confuse noughty.
pierre corso says:
Happy New Year 2010 and Happy Naughty Noughties !
thank you so much for your great website and wish you ‘ll be naughtier 🙂 .
Note to Sarah above:
There are variations but personally I say twenty-ten for 2010, just as most people say nineteen-ten for 1910.
hi Joe wishing u glorios & NAUGHTY naughty hapy new year 2010. May u get all kinds of naughties
Happy new year 2010.
thank you very much for help me alot the last year on learning English.
in this lesson I only see that on the decades be gin with 0, 5,6,7,8,9 are the noughties, fifties… and I wonder what about the decades with 1,2,3,4. how to call? could you help me?
wish for all of us this year happy, safety and many lucky.
i wish you all the best
I was wondering about how we should say “2010”. “Two thousand ten” or “Twenty ten”?
Who could help me???
Thanks Josef. It’s interesting. I will tell my students. Happy noughties.
Samir Alyousef says:
Happy new year to all
It is nice to tell us the meaning of the word naughty.
and thank you
Dr.S.P.Singh Bhadauria says:
Happy new year2010
thanks a lot for giving us the new meaning of the word naughty.Its very interesting and realistic too to know the meaning of the word,and at the same time to label this decade as naughty is highly realistic.
thanks and regards
I have something to say about ” NAUGHTIES “.
I met with my life partner in ” NAUGHTIES “.
I got married in ” NAUGHTIES “.
I had my first baby in ” NAUGHTIES “.
I had good a time in ” NAUGHTIES “.
And will never ever forget ” NAUGHTIES “.
” Happy New Year to all “.
Linda k (Hollywood) says:
Happy New year 2010. I hope you are enjoy
the wonder of the beautiful holiday season.
“The Very Unnaughty Noughties ” Is meaning A decade
has 10 years. It starts with year “1” and end at the conclusion of year “10” The first decade of
the 21st century began Jan 1 2001 and will end
31 2010 10 full years later.
Happy New year
Linda kosolsak (Hollywood)
nought = 0
2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
The Noughties is the decade beginning with “nought”.
the naughty noughties… i wonder what noughties mean?