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While I have yet to find this in a dictionary, Google turns up almost 17,000 pages for oughts decade - mostly discussions about what to call the decade. Some notable ones include:
- several New York Times entries  &  (etc), both of these in the "letters to the editor" section, both from 1998
- another  from 1989
- in the book "What It Felt Like: Living in the American Century" 
- Jonah Goldberg (editor, National Review Online) says it in a CNN interview  on American Morning
-- SatyrTN 07:55, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
I think "aughts" is an alternate spelling, as well. sewnmouthsecret 22:02, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
Just a thought, what did they call the years 1900 to 1909? I can't find any ref, but I know that the 30.06 rifle calibre is called "Thirty-ought-six". Not sure if that helps.--Dmol 18:44, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
- I've seen two or three references to them as "oughts" as well. -- SatyrTN 03:10, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
Now cited, though one of those cites (included because it's the oldest I could find on b.g.c.) actually writes 'oughts. If anyone wants me to add a third apostrophe-less cite, let me know and I will. —RuakhTALK 23:56, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
RFV passed DAVilla 20:49, 25 April 2007 (UTC)