An Incomplete A-Z Glossary of the Past Decade

3 Jan

Since I’m obsessed with history, pop culture, and nostalgia, I decided to begin a series of retrospectives on the decade that has just ended. The first task I took upon myself was to compile a list of all the words I could possibly associate with the 2000s. It was a challenging endeavour, to say the least. You will find this very incomplete “glossary” below — feel free to add your own entries, as I surely have not done this crazy decade justice.

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9/11
16:9
24
300
2 girls 1 cup
24-hour news cycle
28 Days Later
30 Rock
40-Year-Old Virgin, The
4chan
50 Cent
80s nostalgia

A
A.I.
Abu Ghraib
Across the Universe
Adult Swim
Afghanistan
-age (suffix)
a’ight
airport security
Akon
Al Gore
Al Jazeera
Ali G
Alias
Alicia Keys
All Your Base Are Belong to Us
Al-Qaeda
Amazing Race, The
Amber alert
Amélie
America, f*** yeah!
American Chopper
American Idol
America’s Next Top Model
amnesty
Amy Winehouse
An Inconvenient Truth
Anchorman
Anderson Cooper
anime
Anna Nicole Smith
Anonymous
anthrax
AOL Time Warner
app
Apple
Apprentice, The
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Arcade Fire, The
Arctic Monkeys
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
armchair general
Arrested Development
Ashlee Simpson
Ashton Kutcher
ass-hat
Atkins Diet
auto-tune
Avatar
Avenue Q
Avril Lavigne
Axe
Axis of Evil
Ayman al-Zawahiri

B
baby mama
Bachelor, The
Backstreet Boys
badunkadunk
bag for life
Baghdad
bailout
Bali bombings
ballin’
balloon boy
Ban Ki-moon
Barack Obama
bare midriff
Beautiful Mind, A
Beltway Sniper
Ben Stiller
Benazir Bhutto
Bennifer
Bernie Mac
Bernie Madoff
Beyoncé Knowles
BFF
bicurious
Big Brother
Big Mouth Billy Bass
Bill O’Reilly
Billy Mays
biotch
bird flu
Birthers
Black Eyed Peas, The
Blackberry
Blackwater
Blades of Glory
Blagojevich
Blanket Jackson (over the balcony)
bleached blond hair
bling (bling)
Blink-182
Bloc Party
blog
blogosphere
Bluetooth
Blu-ray
boho-chic
Borat
Boston Legal
Boston Public
Botox
Bourne Trilogy, The
Bowling for Columbine
box sets
brain fart
Brangelina
bridezilla
Britney Spears
Brokeback Mountain
bromance
Bruce Almighty
Burger King King
Burj Dubai
Bush v. Gore
Bushisms
Butterfly Effect, The

C
California recall
Can you hear me now?
Can’t Get You Out of My Head
canvas totes
capris
Captain Sully
carbon footprint
Carrie Prejean
Carrie Underwood
Cash for Clunkers
Cast Away
Catholic sex abuse scandal
CGI
Change
Chappelle’s Show
Chapter 11
Chechnya
chillax
Chocolate Rain
Chris Brown
Christian Bale
Christina Aguilera
Chronicles of Narnia, The
Chuck Norris facts
City of God
civil unions
Clay Aiken
Clay Henry
climate change
Clocks
Cloverfield
cockblock
Colbert Report, The
Coldplay
Colin Powell
comic book movie
Concorde crash
Condoleezza Rice
cosplay
cougar
Counter-Strike
craigslist
Crash
Crazy
credit crunch
Creed
Cribs
Crocs
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
crunk
CSI
Curb Your Enthusiasm
CW, The

D
D.C. Madam
Da Vinci Code, The
Daft Punk
Dan Brown
Dancing with the Stars
Daniel Craig
Daniel Pearl
Danish cartoons
Darfur
Dashboard Confessional
David Beckham
DDR
Deal or No Deal
Death Cab for Cutie
death panel
Decembrists, The
decider, the
Demetri Martin
Demotivators
Departed, The
Descent, The
Desperate Housewives
Destiny’s Child
Dexter
Dick Cheney
Dick in a Box
digital cameras
dirty bomb
Dixie Chicks
DO NOT WANT
Don Imus
Donald Trump
Donnie Darko
Don’t tase me, bro
Dora the Explorer
Dot-com bubble
douche
douche chill
Dr. Phil
Dragonball Z
dramatic chipmunk
Drop It Like It’s Hot
Dubai
Dubya
Dude, Where’s My Car?
DVDs
DVR

E
earmarks
ebaumsworld
Election 2000
electronica
Elian Gonzales
Eliot Spitzer
Elizabeth Smart
Emeril Lagasse
Eminem
emo
energy drinks
Engrish
Enron
Entourage
epic
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ethanol
Euro
European Heat Wave of 2003
Evanescence
evil-doers
extraordinary rendition
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

F
facebook
facepalm
Fahrenheit 9/11
FAIL
fairtrade
Fall Out Boy
Fallujah
Family Guy
fashionista
Fast and the Furious, The
fauxhawk
Fear Factor
Fergalicious
Fergie
fetch
Final Destination
financial crisis
Finding Nemo
Firefly
Firefox
Flaming Lips, The
flash mobs
flat-screen
Flight of the Conchords
flip-flopping
Flying Spaghetti Monster
FML
fo’ shizzle my nizzle
foodie
foreclosures
Franz Ferdinand
Frat Pack, The
Freddy Got Fingered
freedom fries
freegan
From Justin to Kelly
frosted hair
FTW
furries

G
Game, the (sorry, you just lost)
game-changer
Garden State
Gary Condit and Chandra Levy
gaydar
GEICO
gel pens
geocaching
George Bush doesn’t care about black people
George Lopez
George W. Bush
Get ‘er done
ghetto
Ghost Hunters
Gigli
Gilmore Girls
ginger
ginormous
girly men
Gladiator
global warming
Gnarls Barkley
Gnutella
goatse
God Bless America
Goldman Sachs
Goldmember
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Google
Gossip Girl
Governator
GPS
grammar Nazi
Grand Theft Auto
Great American Boycott
green
Grey’s Anatomy
grinding
Ground Zero
Guantanamo Bay / Gitmo
Guitar Hero
G-Unit
Gwen Stefani
Gym Class Heroes

H
H1N1
Haliburton
Halle Berry
Halo
Hamid Karzai
hanging chads
Hangover, The
Hans Blix
Harry Potter
hater
hawt
hax (h4x)
HeadOn
Heath Ledger
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
hella
Heroes
Hey Ya!
Hezbollah
High Definition
High School Musical
high-speed Internet
Hillary Duff
Hills Have Eyes, The
Hills, The
hip hop culture
hipsters
hockey mom
holla
hollaback girl
Homeland Security
Homestar Runner
hoodie
hookah
hooking up
Hope
Hot Topic
House (M.D.)
housing market bubble
How I Met Your Mother
Howard Dean scream
Hugh Jackman
Hugo Chavez
Human Genome Project
Hummers
hybrid
hyphy

I
I do what I want!
I drink your milkshake!
I like!
I see what you did there
I.E.D.
Ice Road Truckers
illegal immigration
ILOVEYOU
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
I’m f***ing Matt Damon
I’m Lovin’ It
I’m on a Boat
I’m Rick James, bitch
IMDb
I’mma let you finish
In Da Club
Incredibles, The
Indian Ocean Tsunami
indie
insider trading
insurgents
Intelligent Design
Internets, the
interweb(s)
Invisible Children
iPhone
iPod
Iran
Iraq
ironic T-shirts
Is that your final answer?
Islamic extremism
It’s a trap!
iTunes

J
J.K. Rowling
Ja Rule
Jack Black
Jackass
Jamie Salé and David Pelletier
Jared Fogle
Jay-Z
Jena Six, The
Jennifer Holloway
Jessica Alba
Jessica Simpson
Jesusland
jewfro
jihad
Jim Gaffigan
Jimmy Eat World
JLo
Joe Lieberman
Joe Millionaire
Joe Sixpack
Joe the Plumber
John Ashcroft
John Edwards
John Kerry
John McCain
John Walker Lindh
Jon and Kate Plus 8
Jon Stewart
Jonas Brothers
Judd Apatow
Juno
Justin Timberlake

K
Kabul
Kanye West
Karl Rove
Katrina
KaZaA
Keith Olbermann
Keith Urban
Kelly Clarkson
Ken Jennings
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
K-Fed
Kill Bill
Kim Jong-Il
Kim Kardashian
kind of a big deal
Kindle
Kings of Leon
Kobe Bryant
kthxbye
Kurds

L
L Word, The
Lady Gaga
Large Hadron Collider
LARPing
Larry Craig
Leave Britney alone
Lebanon War
LeBron James
leetspeak
leggings (and mini-skirts)
legit
Lehman Brothers
Leona Lewis
Let the Right One In
Let’s roll
Lil Wayne
Lilo & Stitch
Lindsay Lohan
Linkin Park
lipstick on a pig
Little Miss Sunshine
livejournal
Lives of Others, The
Livestrong
Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Lizzie McGuire
lolcats
London bombings
Lonelygirl15
Lord of the Rings
LOST
Lost in Translation
low rise jeans
low-carb diets
Ludacris
Lupe Fiasco

M
M. Night Shyamalan
M.I.A.
mad cow disease
Mad Men
Madeleine McCann
Madrid bombings
Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Ahmadenijad
make it rain
Malcolm in the Middle
Mamma Mia!
man crush
manscaping
Marc Rich pardon
March of the Penguins
Mark Foley
Mark Sanford
Maroon 5
Mars rovers
Martha Stewart
mash-up
mavericks
McGriddles
McLovin’
McMansion
McNasty
Me, Myself & Irene
Mean Girls
meep
Meet the Parents
meetup
meh
Mel Gibson
meme
Memento
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mentos and Coke
metro(sexual)
Michael Cera
Michael Ian Black
Michael Jackson
Michael Moore
Michael Phelps
Michael Schumacher
Michael Vick
Michelle Obama
Miley Cyrus
MILF
military tribunals
Milkshake (brings all the boys to the yard)
Minority Report
Miracle on the Hudson
Miss South Carolina
Mission Accomplished
Missy Elliott
misunderestimate
Mitch Hedberg
MMORPGs
mobile 3G
mockumentary
Modest Mouse
Mole, The
Monk
more cowbell
Moscow theatre hostage crisis
Mosul
Moulin Rouge!
MP3s
muffin top
muggle
Muse
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
my friends
My Name is Earl
My Super Sweet 16
MySpace
MySpace angles
MythBusters

N
‘N Sync
n00b
Nancy Pelosi
nanotechnology
Napoleon Dynamite
Napster
Naruto
Nas
nasty
Nelly Furtado
Neo-Con
Neopets
nerdgasm
netbook
Netflix
Nickelback
Nicole Richie
ninjas
Nintendo DS
Nip/Tuck
No blood for oil
No Child Left Behind
No Country for Old Men
Norah Jones
North Korea
Northeast Blackout of 2003
Northern Alliance
Notebook, The
NSFW
nucular
Numa Numa

O
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O RLY?
O.C., The
Ocean’s Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen
Octomom
off the chain
Office, The
offshore drilling
Oh, snap!
Old School
OMG
on the DL
Operation Iraqi Freedom
organic
Osbournes, The
Others, The
OutKast
outsourcing
oversized sunglasses
OxyContin

P
P2P file sharing
PalmPilot
Panic Room
Pan’s Labyrinth
Paper Planes
Paris Hilton
Passion of the Christ, The
Patriot Act
PDAs
Peanut butter jelly time
Pearl Harbor
Pervez Musharraf
Peter Jackson
phishing
photoshop
Pianist, The
Pimp My Ride
pirates (Somalia & Internet)
Pirates of the Caribbean
plasma TV
Plutoed
podcast
Poker Face
Pope Benedict XVI
popped collar
pre-emptive
prequel
Prison Break
Prius
Producers, The
prohibited liquids
Project Runway
PS2 / PS3
PT Cruiser
public option
pundit
Punk’d
Pussycat Dolls
pwn(ed) / own(ed)

Q
QFT
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

R
Rachael Ray
racial profiling
Radiohead
Ralph Nader
random
Raptor Jesus
Rascal Flatts
Ratatouille
Razor scooters
reality television
reboot
recount
Red Bull
Red States, Blue States
regime change
Regis and Kelly
remake
Reno 911!
Requiem for a Dream
reverse the curse
RIAA
Richard Reid / the Shoe Bomber
Rickroll
Ricky Gervais
ridiculous / ridonk(ulous) / ricockulous
Rihanna
Ring, The
ringtones
Road to Perdition
Rob Schneider
Robert Blake
Rock Band
ROFLcopter
Roger Federer
rolling blackouts
rollover (SUVs and minutes)
Ron Paul
Royal Tenenbaums, The
Ruben Studdard
Rudy Giuliani
Runaway Bride
Russell Crowe
Ryan Seacrest

S
Sacha Baron Cohen
Saddam Hussein
Salad Fingers
same sex marriage
Sarah Palin
Sarah Silverman
SARS
Sasha and Malia
sausage fest
Saw
Scary Movie
School of Rock
Scientology
Scooter Libby
Scott and Laci Peterson
Scrubs
Seabiscuit
Sealab 2021
Sean Kingston
Segway
September 11th
Serena & Venus Williams
Seven Nation Army
sexile
sexting
sexyback
shaggy hair
Shakira
Shaun of the Dead
Shia LaBeouf
Shi’as
Shock and Awe
shovel-ready
Shrek
sick / ill
Sigur Ros
Simon Cowell
Simple Life
Sims, The
Sin City
Six Feet Under
sketchy
skinny jeans
Skype
Slumdog Millionaire
smoking bans
Snakes on a Plane
Snape kills Dumbledore
Snoop Dogg speak
social networking sites
Something Awful
Soulja Boy
South Ossetia
South Park
Space Shuttle Columbia
spam
spider hole
Spider-Man
spiked hair
SpongeBob SquarePants
Star Wars kid
Star Wars prequels
stay the course
staycation
stem cell research
Stephen Colbert
steroids
Steve Carrell
Steve Irwin
STFU
straightened hair
strategery
streaming video
Strokes, The
subprime
Sudoku
Sunnis
Superbad
Supersize Me
Surge
Survivor
Susan Boyle
sustainability
Swift Boat
Swine Flu

T
Taliban
Talladega Nights
tap that
tard (suffix)
tasers
Taylor Swift
Tea Partay
tea party protests
Team America: World Police
Team Edward / Team Jacob
Ted Williams
teeth whitening
Terror alert color system
Terry Schiavo
Texas Hold ’em
texting
texts from last night
That ’70s Show
That’s what she said
This is Sparta
Tiger Woods
Tikrit
Timbaland
Tina Fey
TiVo
tl;dr
To Catch a Predator
Tom Brady
Tom Cruise
TomKat
Tony Blair
torrents
torture porn
totes
totes magotes
town hall meetings
Traffic
tramp stamps
Trigger Happy TV
Triplets of Belleville, The
Trogdor
troll
trucker hats
truthers
truthiness
tweens
tweet
Twilight
Twitter

U
über
Uday and Qusay
Uggs
Ugly Betty
underboob
Underworld
Usain Bolt
USB flash drives
USS Cole bombing

V
V card
V for Vendetta
vajayjay
Valerie Plame affair
vampires
Very nice!
Viktor Yuschenko
viral video
Virginia Tech
Vladimir Putin
vlogs

W
Walk the Line
WALL-E
Wanda Sykes
War on Terror
wardrobe malfunction
warmonger
warrantless wiretapping
Watchmen
waterboarding
Weakest Link, The
weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)
Web 2.0
Wedding Crashers
Weeds
Wes Anderson
Westboro Baptist Church
whassup
White Stripes, The
Who let the dogs out?
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Why so serious?
Wicked
widescreen
Wii
wiki
wikipedia
Will Ferrell
William Hung
Willis Tower
Wilson!!!!!!!!
Windows XP
Winona Ryder
Wire, The
wireless / Wi-Fi
World of Warcraft
World Trade Center
World Trade Center
WorldCom
Writers Strike

X
Xanga
Xbox
XFL
X-Men

Y
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yes we can
You lie!
your Mom jokes
You’re fired!
youtube
ytmnd
Yu-Gi-Oh!
yvan eht nioj

Z
Zac Efron
Zacarias Moussaoui
Zhang Yimou
Zinedine Zidane
zombie walks
Zombieland
zOMG
Zoolander

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2 Responses to “An Incomplete A-Z Glossary of the Past Decade”

  1. squamloon 14 January 2010 at 13:27 #

    0 trans fats
    American fries
    Biggest Loser
    bottled water
    Cranium
    designer dogs
    e-_____ing
    emoticon
    Food Network
    hot spot
    Hummer
    I’m a Mac / I’m a PC
    in this economy
    Mini Cooper
    open source
    Oprah
    OS X
    Pandora
    ponzi scheme
    Purell
    RSS
    SD / Smartmedia / xd card
    Second Life
    smiley
    status update
    tattoos
    Teen Girl Squad
    thumb/flash drive
    touchscreen
    webcast
    webinar
    What Not to Wear
    Windows Me
    Windows Vista
    Y2K

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