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Name the next decade: And the winner is...
By Lincoln Archer

AFTER six weeks of soul-searching, brain-storming and keyboard-pounding, our quest is over at last.

We all knew it wouldn’t be easy. They tried to tell us it couldn’t be done. But we had faith. We had hope. We had $2010 of cold, hard cash to throw around.

And after wading through more than 3500 entries, we can now announce the winner in our competition to name the next decade.

Honourable mentions must go to two entries that pushed our winner all the way: "tentions" and "decnos".  Close, but not quite there.

And other entries – tweens, tennies, twenteens – were so popular they had to be discounted. Sure they had a certain ring to them, but we needed something that communicated a feeling, not just denoted a number.

In the end there could be only one. And the winner is... Adam Vujic for his flash of inspiration, which we'll let him explain:

THE ONE-DERS. Two reasons: 1. There is hope for many scientific, humanitarian and environmental breakththroughs. 2. The inclusion of number one in every year

It was the bright-eyed optimism of the ONE-DERS and that won the judges’ affection.

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.

And while others suggested “one-ders” in one form or another, it was the conciseness of NAME’S explanation – he/she got the job done with five words to spare! – that sealed the deal

So the next time someone tries to slip “tennies” or “tweens” past you in a conversation, don’t let them get away with it. That might have cut it in the Noughties, but those days are nearly over.

Don’t live in the past. Strap yourselves in for the ONE-DER years.


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