the (early/late/mid) ('80s/'90s/etc.)

You can name a recent decade by calling it "the '60s", "the '80s", "the '90s", and so on.

Some people call the decade starting in the year 2000 "the aughts". "Aught" is a way of saying "zero". The decade starting in 2010 is "the teens".

You can also specify if something was at the beginning, middle, or end of the decade:

I used to live there in the late '70s.

I think that came out in the mid '90s.

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