sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Wed Mar 14 15:31:10 UTC 2007

>"Mid-aughts" is a useful term that will likely grow even more useful
>in retrospect, as is often the case with such temporal labels. Note
>that it has already appeared attributively ("mid-aughts America",
>"mid-aughts tech story") and predicatively ("painfully mid-aughts",
>"very mid-aughts").
 Have "noughts" or "naughts" totally disappeared from our language? We used
to say "back in aught-three" for comic effect for stuff that went on in an
earlier period.  Now it appears that that particular bit of silliness will
be taken to mean 2003!

W stands for >:<  War ____Waste___Wiretaps____Witchhunts  >:<

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