least likely to succeed? really?

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Sat Jan 9 15:07:06 UTC 2010

On Jan 8, 2010, at 23:42, Laurence Horn wrote:

> she clearly intended her use of "the two
> thousands" to refer to the decade just ended.  So another expression
> successfully used (not just mentioned or proposed) for that
> unnameable decade.

I've been telling people that's already the name of the decade for years, as long as one ignores the "what shall we call it?" uses. Listening to unselfconscious talk in the media and in public shows it and a search of Google can show it (many of these are good hits for it: <http://tinyurl.com/yez8klk>).

However, many people think the name should be wacky, punny, or funny and they deny that anyone is using "the two thousands," even if I've heard them use "the two thousands" themselves when they weren't trying to be the one who named the decade.

Grant Barrett
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