Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Seth Chalmer

We may never agree on it again. We're not credulous enough, not unified enough, not conformist anymore to agree. We're postmodern now, and we'll read way too much into it. The key proof for this is that we need to have the conversation. Imagine people in January of 1927 parsing every possible implication of "roaring". I can't see it. In the party of decades, while the twenties through the eighties all work the room in their own special style, finding attractive themes to take home, the nineties and aughts are nerdily sitting on the couch discussing social dynamics and analyzing why they can't get a date.

Or maybe it's that the postmodern zeitgeist suffers from multiple personalities, and they are Jerry Falwell and Woody Allen.

Or maybe every era was like this and it just got oversimplified in hindsight.

m. takhallus

The "Twin Zeroes."


Why does that remind me of Hooters?


After reading Amba's comment. it strikes me the designation of this decade has two possible applications. The first is a simple name. Most decades are identified by their first digit, such as the 20's, the 30's, etc. The 00's do not give rise to a similar pronunciation convention. I like Amba's suggestion on how to pronounce them.

However, I was asking a slightly different question. How do you identify the prevailing mentality that characterizes a decade? The 70's are still the 70's in name, but "Me Decade" captured their ethos. The Oh-Oh's touches on what I think is the prevailing mentality. I am asking what you think captures it.

Horace Jeffery Hodges

How about "The Nervous Nulls"? Or "The Noughty Naughts"? Or "The Awful Aughts"? Or "The Offal Ohs"?

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Sarah Rolph

I use the term aughts. As much as possible, in fact!

How about the Odd Aughts. I like Awful Aughts, too. And Uh-Ohs does capture the spirit nicely. None of them is fun enough to say to catch on, probably (which is somewhat of a problem with Aughts in general, I will admit).

Maybe a century is too little in its first decade to get a name. We didn't start last century until the Roaring Twenties, right? I shudder to think what our Twenties will be like...

Happy New Year!


There's always the oo's -- the Ooze!


I will go with the fear decade....the Y2K talk started in 97 or 98 and people started stocking up on Peanut Butter and dried has been all downhill since.

Rand Careaga

I do not endorse it, but I predict that the decade will end up being referred to as "the two thousands" (as in "we bought the house sometime in the early two thousands, maybe 2002 or 2003"). I'll also predict that beginning three years from now we'll start to say "twenty," as in "twenty-ten."


Good prediction!


The "Them" Decade.


I like the "Them" Decade. It is a single word which describes our tribal change of focus. When will there ever be an "Us" Decade?


The "naughty aughties". (H/T Cecil Adams.)

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