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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
James Hogan was laid to rest back in ’07 — the aughts of 100 years ago — without fanfare, although he was accompanied by flowers.
Ken Oletta, who is a wonderful New Yorker writer, had attempted to break this story for the New Yorker several times, as early as the early aughts, 2001, 2002.
Bee rolled a clip from the early ‘aughts that may have foreshadowed Conway’s tactics during the 2016 campaign.
Twitter user @Jamie_Maz—for the second time—surfaced a number of homophobic posts, from the early aughts, on Reid's now defunct blog, the Reid Report.
Unless the partners can pick up the pace in response to tectonic regional and global power shifts, the grand partnership imagined in the early aughts will fall short.
Dawson’s Creek was the teen drama to watch in the ’90s and early aughts.
Alabama's defensive front looks fierce Alabama's first-team defensive front either looked like the '85 Bears or the Tide's starting offensive line resembled the Houston Texans' blocking unit of the early aughts.
But perhaps nothing explains his worldview quite so clearly as his attitude toward a high-profile but not consequential case that he was involved with: the prosecution of Martha Stewart in the early aughts.
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