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Did You Know?
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
People of a certain age might remember a distinctly late-nineties and early-aughts culinary fad: the fancy mac and cheese.
Such was the case with the two-toned Herve Chapelier nylon totes of the late nineties and early aughts; now, in the age of Instagram, it’s Cult Gaia’s Ark bag.
For her 80th birthday, Fonda had a big bash to raise money for Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential—something she’s done for all of her big aughts birthdays.
Fronting that step forward is Evangeline Lilly, who many know as the tough airplane-crash survivor Kate on ABC's aughts cult TV hit Lost.
Data-cruncher ArcSight dominated security operations centers—the digital war rooms of corporations—through the aughts.
Sugarland, the Americana duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, were reliable Nashville hitmakers throughout the aughts, racking up tens of millions of records sold, seven number-one hits on the country charts, and two Grammy awards.
Indulge that nostalgia by watching this now nearly ten-year-old movie, about a pair of hip kids in mid- to late-aughts New York City chasing their favorite band—and their crushes on one another—around town on one crazy night.
In an interview filmed in the aughts, Ramm sheds light on his everyday life.
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