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If you know aught which does behove my knowledge / Thereof to be inform'd, imprison't not / In ignorant concealment, Polixenes begs Camillo in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, employing the "anything" sense of "aught." Shakespeare didn't coin the pronoun "aught," which has been a part of the English language since before the 12th century, but he did put it to frequent use. Writers today may be less likely to use "aught" than were their literary predecessors, but the pronoun does continue to turn up occasionally. "Aught" can also be a noun meaning "zero," and for a while the phrase "the aughts" was bandied about as a proposed label for the decade that began in the year 2000.
Examples of aught in a Sentence
for dates, the year is automatically listed as a pair of aughts, so the user has to scroll down to the correct figure
Recent Examples of aught from the Web
The band was simply made up of a lot of people—27 different people over two decades—many of whom would break off to form some of the late aughts sharpest acts: Feist, Metric, Stars, Do Make Say Think, just to name a few.
In my opinion, St. Barts became too glitzy in the early aughts and lost some of its bohemian charm.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, after narrowing significantly in the ’80s and ’90s, the gender pay gap froze somewhere around 79 percent in the early aughts.
The film chronicles both the band’s history though the ’90s and early aughts and Gaborno’s battles with addiction and, ultimately, a failing liver and kidneys.
Hohmann covered local news for The Post in the aughts and returned in 2015 after six years at Politico.
Fournier met him at a lunch in the early aughts when the duo were starting out, having developed some properties in the north of the country for Patrick Guerrand-Hermès, scion of the legendary leather-goods family.
Despite borrowing from yogic and meditative practices, the transcendental Class is more like bootcamp set to emo music from the early aughts, like burpees done to the beat of angsty Snow Patrol songs.
The great perk of being a teen in the early aughts was that the rise of Uggs coincided with both the rise of bootcut jeans and brightly colored slider phones.
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Origin and Etymology of aught
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
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