A problem for this decade

How will this decade be referred to in twenty years’ time? It’s fine to talk about anything from the 20s to the 90s, but the first two decades of a century are problematic. We look at something today and say: “Man, that’s so 80s!” or “I like the music of the 70s”. But what will the children and teens refer to in years to come when talking about this decade and the next? “I’m a child of the units” or “That dress is so 10s!”. It just doesn’t have the same effect.

I wonder, was this problem prevalent in the 1900s and centuries before that as well or did we only start referring to decades in this way recently?

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  • This is a really interesting topic!
    We are in a time of technological advances and rapid changes. I think our kids will refer to this time as the time of faulty PC’s. Where home PCs were impossible to work with, stupid, limited and bulky.
    The time you actually had to type your instructions.

  • Helmut

    The other day I heard a radio DJ refer to this decade as “the naughties”. It does sound a bit corny. I wouldn’t refer to it as such, but wouldn’t know what else to call it. And another 20-30 years later we won’t be able to talk about the 30s or 40s anymore. So then we might talk about the 1930s, or the 2000s.

  • “The Naughties” is what Mark Pilgrim calls it :-) .

  • admin

    I think the “noughties” might be what is meant.