Say goodbye to the decade with no name

Seán Fitzpatrick grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Fri Dec 18 06:26:16 UTC 2009

True but not too relevant.  MOST of the years 2011-2020 (or vulgarly
2010-2019) *are*  teens.
Not that it matters.  Except for the "Roaring Twenties", and the obvious
"'teens" and "oughts" (cf. Fibber McGee's "19 ought 10"), decades are not
named in the Volksmund.  Prescriptivist fussing by people who fuss about
such things has been to no avail in that direction.

Sean Fitzpatrick
Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?
I blame Global Warming.

-----Original Message-----
From: Russ McClay [mailto:mcclay at TAOLODGE.COM]
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:37 AM
Subject: Re: Say goodbye to the decade with no name

Hi Dennis --

Read your article, but would tend to disagree about
our entering the "teens". 10, 11, 12 are not teens.

As mentioned in your article, the popular nicknames
for the decades of the last century started with the


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