December 15, 2009

The "Noughties".

The first decade of the century is about to end. That notion is somewhat nostalgic to me. Perhaps as I am so aware of time and how fleeting it truly is, or maybe because I dislike when something reaches its end. No matter how good or bad it is.

The finale of this decade is somewhat poignant to me due to many reasons. One of them is that these are the fastest passing ten years of my life. I do not recall any other decade moving with such a a speed forward. Perhaps this is linked to the relativity of time, which makes each passing year feels shorter, as it encompasses a shorter span in our life.

It truly seems as it was only yesterday I celebrated the turn of the century with my parents, as we watched the fireworks in the sky and wondered, whether the whole city will turn black due to the scare of Y2K. But, nothing sinister took place and we happily toasted the new decade welcome.

These ten years that went in flash still fail to have a proper name. They were nicknamed "The Noughties" (derived from "nought", meaning zero), a term that has achieved common usage throughout the English speaking world, but failed to reach an universal usage. Still, officially called the 2000s, this decade did however see some major events taking place. Some happy, some sad, some terrifying and heart wrenching, some joyful and exciting. But in any case world changing.

Just to mention just a few of the trends, a BBC article sums up the decade using keywords, in all areas of life, including people and events. Here are a few examples, taken from the article:

Decade Of Words:
•Carbon Footprint
•Ground Zero

Objects Redefined:
•Bottled water
•Breast implants
•Four-wheel drives (SUVs)
•Hybrid car
•Memory stick
•Reality TV
•Reusable shopping bags
•Sexy high-heeled Jimmy Choos
•Social networking
•Spy cameras
•World Trade Center

Fantasy Decade:
•Doctor Who
•Harry Potter
•Reality TV Shows
•Idol - the phenomenon that ranged from the US to India
•Lord of the Rings (the trilogy)
•Slumdog Millionaire
•Social media (Facebook, texting, Twitter)
•Susan Boyle

For full text, please visit this site.
There are many other sites online listing key events of the decade all across the net. I guess everyone has their take on what was and was not important. I have my own personal events that define not just these last ten years, but they also define me as person. I am hoping that the next decade ahead of me holds just as much excitement.


Brian Miller said...

what a cool list...will definitely visit the ful article. this decade has flown by. i can still remember where i was as we turned to 2000. it seems like only yesterday. wow. i had not thought like that until you brought it up...

Gal Friday said...

I agree with you--these past ten years have been the fastest passing in my life! (funny, I only just began to see this term--"the naughties" this week--had never heard it before then)
Also--it seems so much happened in those ten years to alter our world, or maybe it just seems that way.

S. Susan Deborah said...

"I dislike when something reaches its end. No matter how good or bad it is."

Quite true but every end paves way for a new beginning. Right? I wish lovelier and beautiful things for you in the forthcoming year.

Nice post to reflect, ponder and count the blessings.

I will check the link for sure.

Joy, passion and courage always,

Keith said...

It does seem like this decade is coming to an end very fast. These have been a fast 10 years of my life. At the end of 2010 I'll be turning 40.

swenglishexpat said...

Interesting post, Zuzana. I had not thought of the fact that a decade will have past already! A lot happens in 10 years, oh yes. Sadly the Y2K caused me employment problems, being a newly-trained Oracle developer just having lost my first IT job due to a big take-over.

The lists are a good reminder of a lot that has happened in the first ten years of this millennium. BTW have you thought of how many people FORGET where they've put their MEMORY stick! ;-)

Claus said...

Harry Potter!...thank you noughties! :-))
Indeed, it is ending, and I didn't even realize it until reading your entry! One gets too busy as one grows older, and time flies by. A lot of changes happened in this first ten years of 2000s indeed. Lots of growing up, and lots of bonding...overall, it has been a good decade. Actually, I'm glad 2009 is ending, as I truly dislike odd years, and am looking forward to 2010! I have a feeling it is going to be a good year.

Stacey J. Warner said...

The list really shows how much our lives have changed. We are going to keep evolving quicker and quicker but it is all good...

much love

Julie Hibbard said...

I am always surprised when people say that time goes by fast.
This has been the LONGEST 10 years that I can ever remember. The last five feeling like fifty.
Life goes by so very slowly for me. SO much has changed since New Years Eve 1999, I can't even begin to try to take that all in. It is a completely different world...for me anyway.
Life is long. Very very long. Has always been for me.
LOVE your list of things...
thanks, as always, for such a great way to start my day. You are so admired and appreciated!

Hilary said...

You're not kidding that it flew by. I hope this one just slows down a tad.

Rosezilla (Tracie Walker) said...

This has been an incredibly, unbelievably eventful decade. It doesn't seem like it has gone fast at all. I can't believe all that has happened... wow, I might have to write it out just to ponder it. Hadn't thought about it all together until now.

Anonymous said...

Wow! just love the countdown thing at the bottom of your post!

Gal Friday said...

Oy Vey! I just realised that I spelled it "Naughties" instead of "the Noughties"!!

Rebecca said...

Oh my, did it ever fly! Where does time go? I ask that question daily. I try not to live with regrets, always looking forward, but I always feel rather melancholy at New Years....

Jeannette StG said...

It was a decade with the greatest ups and downs in my life (globally speaking) -Y2K, Twin Towers, Economic Downturn.

sprinkles said...

I remember the Y2K thing too, I think I was the only person I know who wasn't in the least bit concerned about it.

Yes, this has most definately been a quick 10 years. I was thinking just the other day about how much has happened in my life since 2000, both good and bad.

I love lists like the ones you posted. It's fun to look back and be reminded of when things were introduced.

steviewren said...

Great look back at all the trends and news of the decade. Each word brought back a memory, some good and others bad. Some events seem like they happened so long ago and for others it seems like it was just yesterday. My divorce was final exactly 10 years ago today...I hadn't even thought about that until this moment. A lot has changed for me in the past ten years.

Brenda Pruitt said...

It's been quite a decade, that's for sure. Amazing to actually see it in a list, and the reality of it all sets in.

Kata Wagner Berg said...

Ah, I like your Countdown icon...I wanna have like that 2. I just realize it's only 15 days from this year? Time is running ...I wish we can stop it NOW!

Unknown said...

I so agree with you, these years are flying by. so funny about the Y2K, what a big scare for nothing.

many things happened to change the world, for us it was 9-11-01.

hope the next ten slow down a bit!!

julochka said...

i've got notes going for a post on the noughties too. i think that term only caught on in the UK, it never really went to the US. it's just more british english to call a zero a nought, i think. too bad, as i really kinda like that term.

julochka said...

i think there's one more object that irreparably redefined: bush.

Zuzana said...

Brian, Tina, Susan, Keith, swenglishexpat, Claudia, Stacey, Julie, Hilary, Rosezilla, Mel, Rebecca, jeannette, sprinkles, stevie, Brenda, Kata, Doreen and julochka – I am happy to hear that you enjoyed this post and that you can relate to the sentiments in it, all recollecting the events in the past decade. Whether some of you feel those ten years went too fast or too slow.

Thank you all as always so much for stopping by and for all the lovely words above, they are all very much appreciated.