Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 14 22:50:14 UTC 2007

When I was a child during the '40's, I was taught to use "_least_
common denominator" and "nought" instead of "_lowest_ common
denominator" and "zero." Although I've managed to adjust to "zero," I
still say and write "least common denominator." However, I am forced
to admit that the number of occasions upon which I need to speak or
write of the "least common denominator" is vanishingly small.


On 3/14/07, Chris F Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: mid-aughts
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> sagehen wrote:
> >> "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!
> > AM
> >
> On this side of the English-speaking world, "noughties" seems to be
> winning out. Here's a bunch of examples from the Guardian:
> http://xrl.us/vbkp .
> Chris Waigl
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