Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1993 12:54:56 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: name that decade Dennis et all, As I recall, William Safire has discussed the future naming of the 00's but in past reference, afterh "the Gay Nineties", I don't recall a contemporary dacade term until "the Roaring Twenties". The period of the 00's seems to be covered primarily by reference to "the Edwardian era," which, albeit British, tends to extend to the contemporary U.S. as well. The question applies to the 1910-19 period as well. Did that have a decade label at the time? Or even in retrospect? My impression is that references to the 1880's as "the eighties", while rare, are retrospective and recent. Ringing in my verbal memory, though I do not know from where, are personal references by speakers to experiences in specific years, as "ought-8", etc. --Rudy Troike