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The decade as a whole

  • In keeping with naming decades (cf. 1990s "the Nineties", 1980s "the Eighties", etc.), the decade of the 2000s lacks an accepted name. The most common name is "the Os", pronounced as "the ohs" (though "the 2000s" (pronounced "the two-thousands") has become equally as common, see below). A widely accepted term may not come about until the decade has ended. However no such term exists for the decades of the 1900s and 1910s. Some other suggestions for the 2000s decade are:
    • "the Twenty-O's" (pronounced; twenty-ohs) or "the Oh's". For example, the year 2005 would be pronounced as "twenty-oh-five," instead of "two-thousand and five."
    • "the 0-0s", usually pronounced as "the oh-ohs". This pronunciation sounds like "uh oh", an expression of dismay; this similarity is no doubt intentional.
    • "the 2Ks", a term that is rooted in the slang of the times. K is shorthand for the Greek prefix kilo meaning 1000; hence, 2K means 2000. In popular culture, the years of the decade are already being named according to this slang. For example, the year 2003 is referred to as 2K3. The "2K" term probably has its popular origins in the heavily-hyped Y2K bug that began in 1999, and lasted into this decade.
    • "the Aughts" (or "Oughts"), keeping with the practice of the twentieth century.
    • "the Nillies", derived from the term "nil", meaning nothing or zero.
    • "the Noughties" (or "Naughties"), referring to the nought, or zero, as the decade indicator; the word-play on "naughty" is intentional.
    • "the Twenty Hundreds", though this could be confused with a name for the century.
    • "the zeroes",
    • "the double-O's"
    • "the 0-Hundreds"
    • "the Zips" ("zip" is an American slang for zero.)
    • "the two thousands", simply 2000s instead of stressing the last two numbers of the first year of the decade e.g. 2000s instead of just 00's. Currently this is the most popular term used to describe the decade
    • "the New 90's", used by mostly young people who believe that the 2000s is little different from the 1990s, considering the strong holdover of many 1990s cultural icons and few noticeable changes in fashion, hairstyles, or musical tastes.
  • The United Nations General Assembly declared the (mostly overlapping) decade of 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World".

Events and trends


War, peace and politics

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The World Trade Center ablaze after two airplanes crash into the towers in a terrorist attack


  • Globalization
  • Major downturn in the value of dot-com shares, with occasional exceptions (Google's IPO on August 13, 2004)
  • The US dominance over the world economy, which began in the late 1980s with the collapse of the Eastern bloc, begins to falter. Economically rising nations like China, along with the expansion of the EU, show signs of becoming contending world powers.
  • China continues to grow rapidly, driving up commodity prices worldwide
  • Significant oil price rises. Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline opens on 25 May 2005, potentially removing the dependence of the United States and other Western nations on Middle Eastern oil.
  • Enron and other major accounting and corporate governance scandals prompt reviews of corporate government legislation worldwide (eg Sarbanes-Oxley Act)

Culture and religion

  • The decline of newspapers and the vast proliferation of information technology and digital media leads to many cultural paradigm shifts as people grapple with information overload. Generation Y (Millennials) are said to be adept at these technological developments.
  • Reality television becomes a well-established sector of the television programming industry. Nightly news broadcasts continue to lose viewership to 24-hour internet news coverage. Changing television habits that involve increased use of the internet and the preponderance of TiVo make marketers rethink the paradigm of the 30-second TV ad. Viral marketing, and Product placement within reality television shows and movies are some increasingly used alternatives. Spam is utilized as an alternative, making people irritated.
  • Europe continues to become more secular; in contrast, religious groups increase their political influence in the United States and the Middle East
  • The divisive US presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 leads to commentators describing the country as split between Red States and Blue States.



World leaders

State leaders by year: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006...


Sports figures

See also

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