SYDNEY - As the "Noughties" draw to a close, an Australian competition has found a new tag for the coming decade: the One-ders.
Australia's news.com.au website sifted 3,500 entries for its online contest, rejecting "Tentions", "Decnos" and "Tweens" in favour of One-ders' "bright-eyed optimism".
"After a decade you're clearly defining as being dominated by bad news, the can-do spirit of hope that bursts out of 'the One-ders' showed a clear determination to break the shackles next year," the website said.
"We needed something that communicated a feeling, not just denoted a number."
Winning entrant Adam Vujic took the 2,010 dollar (1,861 US) prize for his suggestion, which pipped popular entries "Tennies" and "Twenteens".
The news website said the other contenders had a "certain ring", but Vujic's term held out the "hope of many scientific, humanitarian and environmental breakthroughs".
The result drew mixed comments on the news website, with many saying they preferred tennies, tenties or teenies.
"Is this decision binding on the whole world?" pondered one contributor, who gave his name as Kevin Longfellow.