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Posted: 10/18/2008 4:32:50 PM EST
10/19/08.

How the fuck does this make sense?

The reason that the date should be written DD/MM/YY, like the rest of the sane world does, is because you go from the smallest time increment to the largest. Why? Because it's most useful to know which day it is, because most of us can keep track of the month. The most important feature in a date is the day, which is why it should come first. When you stick it in the middle dates become clunky and hard to read. The most frequently changing number in a series should be at the start or the end. Not in the middle.

Americans are nuts. Write your dates logically. 19/10/08

Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:34:20 PM EST
Thats how I date everything,

DD/MM/YYYY

Anything else drives me nuts.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:35:22 PM EST
Maybe because common speech here is October 18th when spoken.

Just a guess.

Oh, and FUCK OBAMA!!

Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:36:06 PM EST
That how I do it in my classroom. The students have never said anything about it.

BTW, what other things ought we do to catch up with the countries that are behind us.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:36:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By HighlandMac:
Maybe because common speech here is October 18th when spoken.

Just a guess.

Oh, and FUCK OBAMA!!



That. Plus we don't really care how the rest of the world does things. Metric dates... sheesh.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:37:16 PM EST
next you'll be trying to push us toward that Wacky Metric system
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:37:51 PM EST
I should beat you with a 1/2 inch drive (THATS RIGHT, INCH) breaker bar.

assuming of course you use the metric system. if not, well, ill still beat you with it, it just wont be as funny.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:37:57 PM EST
Please look at the Declaration of Independence: "July 4, 1776"

It was intentionally in a different order than the Brits. It's part of being rebellious.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:38:02 PM EST
I prefer my dates as 18OCT08 or 27JUL03, etc so on and so forth
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:38:37 PM EST
19OCT08
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:38:51 PM EST
Because we SAY "October 19, 2008"

Then abbreviate it that way. Anything else is a dumb as replacing the decimal point with a comma.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:39:57 PM EST
Different is good. Deal with it
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:40:13 PM EST
Everything should be in terms of second form January 1st 1970.

1224380788
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:40:18 PM EST
It's why we rule the planet dude, none of you guys understand anything about the USA.

Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:40:23 PM EST
The reason is simple. A date is written "October 19, 2008" in the United States. (IME Europeans largely use "19 October, 2008").

The "10/19/08" is consistent with the way a date is written in the U.S.. Its not hard to understand at all.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:40:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By hourglassing:
Because we SAY "October 19, 2008"

Then abbreviate it that way. Anything else is a dumb as replacing the decimal point with a comma.


Yup
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:41:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By EPOCH96:
next you'll be trying to push us toward that Wacky Metric system


Yeah, a consistent system for measurement. Real wacky.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:42:34 PM EST
20081018
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:42:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 4:43:49 PM EST by pvc1984]

Originally Posted By Lancair:
Americans are nuts. Write your dates logically. 19/10/08



Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:43:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 7:05:06 PM EST by Ruxpin]

Originally Posted By EFB16ACRX:
I should beat you with a 1/2 inch drive (THATS RIGHT, INCH) breaker bar.

assuming of course you use the metric system. if not, well, ill still beat you with it, it just wont be as funny.




ETA: Fuck Obama
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:45:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
19OCT08


I believe this is actually the proper way now.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:47:21 PM EST
That's the way we did it in the Military.

19OCT08
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:48:30 PM EST
More crap from the poster down under
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:49:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By freerider04:
I prefer my dates as 18OCT08 or 27JUL03, etc so on and so forth


+1

and 24 hour time too.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:49:24 PM EST
What fucks me up is when I see "8/10/07."

Is 8 the month or day?

Since 1976, I've been writing it in the "10 August 2007" format.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:51:13 PM EST
We're fuckin' Americans, confusin' the shit out of Metric fucks for centuries! Except 9 & 10mm, those are cool.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:52:54 PM EST
October eighteenth twothousandeight. There. We don't want to be like the rest of the world. Although the left is pushing us that way


Fuck Obama.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:53:13 PM EST
probably because its how a calendar works
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:54:47 PM EST
2008-10-17

You ever try to programmatically sort a list of dates using any *other* method?
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:54:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 4:57:05 PM EST by Mazeman]
So do Aussies measure their manhood in millimeters?

PS: Your avatar has the symbol for inches in it.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:55:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lancair:
10/19/08.

How the fuck does this make sense?


You're from the land that gave the world the Koala 'bear', the 'Kangaroo' and 'Waltzing Matilda', and you give us shit over how we abbreviate the date?

You guys need to get north of the equator more often.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:55:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lancair:

Originally Posted By EPOCH96:
next you'll be trying to push us toward that Wacky Metric system


Yeah, a consistent system for measurement. Real wacky.


Hey, we keep handicapping ourselves. Why haven't any of you caught up yet?
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:56:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By Local:

Originally Posted By Lancair:
10/19/08.

How the fuck does this make sense?


You're from the land that gave the world the Koala 'bear', the 'Kangaroo' and 'Waltzing Matilda', and you give us shit over how we abbreviate the date?

You guys need to get north of the equator more often.


Dingo ate his passport
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:56:39 PM EST
Our crappy computer system at work requires you to type in the date as YYYY/DD/MM
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:56:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By Jack_T:
2008-10-17

You ever try to programmatically sort a list of dates using any *other* method?



That is ISO 8601 methodology and is used EXCLUSIVELY in technical writing.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:57:27 PM EST
October 19, 2008. That's how everybody says it. I think that's why we carry it over to the abbreviation.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:57:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By Local:

Originally Posted By Lancair:
10/19/08.

How the fuck does this make sense?


You're from the land that gave the world the Koala 'bear', the 'Kangaroo' and 'Waltzing Matilda', and you give us shit over how we abbreviate the date?

You guys need to get north of the equator more often.


Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:57:59 PM EST
I used to piss of my high school teachers by writing everything military style 18OCT08. My english teacher especially didn't appreciate it.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:58:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 4:59:46 PM EST by CWO]

Originally Posted By donniebre:

Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
19OCT08


I believe this is actually the proper way now.



Check your Strunk and White The Elements of Style and get back to me.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:58:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 4:59:20 PM EST by Marty369]
DAMN double post. With one in the middle too
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:58:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2A373:
20081018


8291
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 4:59:44 PM EST
We read dates "October 18th, 2008".

Therefore, 10-18-08 makes sense.

If it was written 18-10-08, then I'd have to skip to the second number to be able to read it off as October 18th, 2008. That doesn't make sense to me.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:07:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By CWO:

Originally Posted By donniebre:

Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
19OCT08


I believe this is actually the proper way now.



Check your Strunk and White The Elements of Style and get back to me.


Never thought to look.

All I have is Keys For Writers by Ann Raimes.

She lists both methods, but fails to choose one as desired.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:20:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By mmx1:
8291


So I'm not the only one?

My phone displays that date format for work purposes if one of them handy-dandy gov't calenders isn't around.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:20:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By CWO:

Originally Posted By Jack_T:
2008-10-17

You ever try to programmatically sort a list of dates using any *other* method?



That is ISO 8601 methodology and is used EXCLUSIVELY in technical writing.

That is the best. Any other method of writing dates makes filing harder and also makes sorting harder for both humans and computers.

Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:30:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By zoom:

Originally Posted By CWO:

Originally Posted By Jack_T:
2008-10-17

You ever try to programmatically sort a list of dates using any *other* method?



That is ISO 8601 methodology and is used EXCLUSIVELY in technical writing.

That is the best. Any other method of writing dates makes filing harder and also makes sorting harder for both humans and computers.



ISO 8601 is for purely technical communications. The standard itself states that it does not apply to written forms of dates. Fortunately, the art of writing is not yet dead.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:39:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By CWO:
The reason is simple. A date is written "October 19, 2008" in the United States. (IME Europeans largely use "19 October, 2008").

The "10/19/08" is consistent with the way a date is written in the U.S.. Its not hard to understand at all.


+1000

USA USA USA USA

Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:41:27 PM EST
I use the Unix time stamp format, it's now approximately 1224384075
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:42:11 PM EST
Don't like? Move to some some socialist gun banning country.

Oh wait, you are already there.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:43:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By thelastgunslinger:
Don't like? Move to some some socialist gun banning country.

Oh wait, you are already there.



Ouch!
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 5:47:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 5:48:13 PM EST by cbrooks]

Originally Posted By Lancair:
10/19/08.

How the fuck does this make sense?

The reason that the date should be written DD/MM/YY, like the rest of the sane world does, is because you go from the smallest time increment to the largest. Why? Because it's most useful to know which day it is, because most of us can keep track of the month. The most important feature in a date is the day, which is why it should come first. When you stick it in the middle dates become clunky and hard to read. The most frequently changing number in a series should be at the start or the end. Not in the middle.

Americans are nuts. Write your dates logically. 19/10/08


Logically my foot.
If somebody asked me what todays date is I would tall them it's "October the 19th"
Not 19th October.
Wright it like you say it

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