How Do You Write The Date?

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
May 28, 2010 9:22am CST
For example, today is 28 May 2010. This is how the Brits tend to write it out...or 28th May 2010. However, in America they do it differently. They write it thus; May 28, 2010. I find this so confusing, especially when it's done as numbers 05.28.2010. Honestly, it took me ages typing those numbers, I really had to think about it! So, in your country (other than the US and the UK) how do you write the date and I have a question for the Americans out there..why is it different? It gets complicated with numbers as well. For example, one thousand one hundred becomes eleven hundred. I think that's right. My brain hurts!
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 May 10
well here in canada we write it may 28. 2010 or 28/05/10, something like that but it is generally the first one.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Thanks for that, it's much appreciated.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
28 May 10
Well we Aussies are still under the rule of the British and your Queen so we do everything the British way. Same spelling of words, same date format and we drive on the British side of the road. Except we have the sense to use the metric system which is so much easier than imperial as you are working in tens with every unit of measurement. The Americans just like to be rebellious against the British which goes back to the early days and the Boston Tea Party I think.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Glad to know we're still influencing somebody! Haha! Thanks for that my friend.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
28 May 10
Here in my country,we wrote it the american way. Our education is an American standard,we write date with month/day/year. With counting numbers we also use the thousand,like one thousand one hundred. It's quiet difficult to recognize number with expiry date on products. So,i check the country too,then,i can guess about the date written on the product.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 10
So you have the best of both worlds my friend! Good for you! That is very interesting what you say about dates on products...not that I take much notice of them, I know I should but I don't!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
I write it: "the date" Month/Day/Year unless it's for some computer thingie, in which case it is probably CCYYMMDD. Got it?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
Me not as cheeky as hairy is... Century, year, month, day, like this: 20070528
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
Sure that was the big Y2K flap. How can you tell the difference between 1950: 500101 (January 1st, 1950) and 2050: 500101 (January 1st, 2050) without the CC 19500101 20500101 :D
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 May 10
I plan on being around then!!!
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
28 May 10
HI Janey... In India, we tend to write it the way same as you do in UK... 28 May 2010... Or 28-5-2010... As we were governed by British for 150 years, we have got accustomed to many of their ways... I know how it is USA... They write the month first and then the date... Here is a little more info... The International format of a date is: yy/mm/dd... So they would write 2010 May 28 Or 2010-05-28... Have a happy weekend!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 10
Oh my, that last bit you have typed has made my brain hurt even more! Haha! This is slowly becoming a more fascinating subject than I at first thought my friend. Thanks for your response, it's much appreciated.
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@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
28 May 10
I was just going to warn you about that. I was trying to be a smarty and find out WHY we do it the way we do, and just was reminded. Still do not know why.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
29 May 10
Hi Janey... Sorry if it made your brain hurt .... Well.. It was simply FYI... Actually, the different date formats are really confusing... Once I filled up a form, in which I was supposed to write my Birth Date too... It is 1st Aug '82... So I wrote 1-8-1982... And guess what they wanted the birth-date to be in mm/dd/yy format... The way I wrote it, it had become 8th Aug '82 GardenGerty... What were you going to warn us about?? I am sorry, I didn't understand anything... :( Have a Happy Weekend, both of you...!!!
• United States
29 May 10
i don't know why america writes it like that-but there is an expection-if you're military.i used to write it like you do being a military brat,but the teachers had a fit.i used to cross my 7's too,and they didn't like that either.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Oh dear! I think the Europeans cross their sevens, no idea why but you never see it on soccer shirts!
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• United States
14 Jul 10
i was told it was to distinguish it from "1" because of the way some people write. you don't see it often here tho.
@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
28 May 10
Okay, Wikipedia says it is an endianess problem. Or rather, it is a problem with endings. It also reminded me of the other form, year first then month then day. I think that is what they said. Generally people who use the British style developed the number sequence to match the words that were commonly used on documents, because documents are where the habit of dating began. The words would say blah, blah, blah on this twenty eighth day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten. Easy enough to turn that to 28 May, 2010. As to why America and a handful of others are what they call mixed endians, I found no answer. The year first is big endian, the British style is little endian, and we are all mixed up. Illogical. So now my brain hurts and so does everyone else's who reads this post.
@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
29 May 10
Me thinks this discussion is off on a trip of its own. I am lost, and getting worse by the second.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Nice to see you have been keeping this discussion alive whilst I've been away! Bit off topic though but who cares, it's great!
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
6 Jun 10
Janey..I gave you bad info..I wrote the date the way I was taught to write it backwards on my reply. They taught us to write it, 10.6.6 not the other way around..sorry bout that..J
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
That's ok my friend.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
6 Jun 10
Hi Janey,,haven't seen you around here lately..have you been away or have I?? lol..Anyway, obviously I'm an American and to confust you even further, My Dad was a lifer in the Marines and so for the first 6 or 7 years of my schooling years I went to classes on base. The military guys write the date like this 6.6.10 and to this day I still do it. When we came back state side and returned to public schools I was always been corrected by teahers and everyone about writing it that way but its like anything..habit, plus thats how I learned to do it and it tends to stick. I still get flack from people and computers...lol..as they just can't compute it at all!..I have a question for you. One thousand one hundred or eleven hundred as we say is how I thought everyone said it..How do you say that figure? J
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Hi there, you are correct in assuming I have been away for a few days...at Mum's to be precise and I wish I was still there if I'm being honest. Anyway, as far as that number is concerned, I would say it like this:- One thousand one hundred.
• Malaysia
29 May 10
my education has been very skewed towards the British system, so i write my dates by dd/mm/yy, ie: 30th May 2010 in the beginning when i was first involved in international business , it was quite confusing to change it around to the American dating system (the format). even now when i'm comfortable with it, i still prefer the British format..
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
I am pleased you like the British system. I can imagine how difficult it must have been for you to adopt the American dating system..but you obviously conquered it..and good for you my friend.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 May 10
i know the official way to write the date here in the Philippines is mm/dd/yy or Mmmm dd, yyyy, so that will be 05/29/10 or May 29, 2010. but in most of my documents i usually write it as 05.29.10 and no one is complaining about how i write it.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
I wouldn't dare complain about it my friend, good for you!
@esjosh (915)
• India
29 May 10
In official papers we right like 29.05.2010 or as 29/05/2010. But when it comes to any social invitation or else we adopt our Hindu Calender whe the same is written like "Vaishakh Dvitiya Krishna Paksha" Or "Vaishakh sood dwijj"
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Wow, that's mightily impressive, thanks for that.
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
29 May 10
good trivia question hahah! i usually use this... 29 May 2010. if purely number... its 28.05.2010. however i think her in our country is almost always in this format: dd-mm-yyyy. cheers and happy myLotting!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
I'd never thought of this as a trivia question before but I am glad people like yourself are taking the trouble to comment about it, thank you.
• China
29 May 10
we write the date in the international format :yy/mm/dd.so we will write 2010 may 28 or 2010-05-28.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
That is opposite the way I would write the date. My, this is so confusing but entertaining all at the same time, thank you!
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
29 May 10
I don't care how the dates are written by anybody, or how it is written country-wise. What I care about is how to read the expiration dates on the label of most of the product you can find in the supermarket, especially if you are buying an imported one. For all you know, you are buying an expired product just because you cannot fully understand how the dates are written in the label. How would you read 01/05/10? Some will read it as January 5, 2010, some say it is May 1, 2010, and October 01 or 05 for another. Some country begin writing the date with the year at the beginning followed by the month and then by day.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
That is a very interesting point you make there and is something I would not readily think about myself. However, not much of our frozen, boxed food (as an example) is imported so the dates always read in the British format. Thanks for bringing the subject up though.
• United States
29 May 10
I write the date as September 19th, 2010. I guess this is because I grew up in American and learn it that way. The Brits and the Americans do things a little differently but it's comprehensible. I think people could understand eleven hundred as much as one thousand and one hundred.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Yes, I do know what you mean about the numbers although the American versions can be confusing at times. However, if I lived there and was exposed to that way of expression on a daily basis I would probably adopt it and ditch the British way..in time!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 May 10
yeah, those of us in the States have problems with our nearest neighbor's "odd" habit of writing dates. And I do know what you mean about 1,810, being eighteen hundred and ten....
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
I hear it on Fox/CBS News all the time. The presenters tend to shout a lot too, especially that Shepherd Smith is it?
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@gunagohan (3415)
• India
29 May 10
I follow the Brit's way... Whenever i fill in an application, the format would be --\---\---- so, it will not confuse at any circumstance.. If anybody is gonna ask my birthday , i would be telling in that format only, if they confuse me with their format, i'm gonna confuse them with my format of Julian dates else i will calculate the star date and confuse them..
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Good for you! That's exactly how I would fill a form in..or anything else that requires a date. I am glad you like our method, it cheers me up!
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 May 10
Hi Jane, In writing dates, i am used to do it this way...May 28, 2010 or 5/28/10. I am also confused with the thing where the day comes first before the month. this bothers me especially in checking on expiration dates or manufacturing dates--if the date is written first before the month.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Jun 10
Hiya Winky, it's the same for me but the other way round!
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
28 May 10
I'll complicate it further for you. In the American military, they'd write it like the Brits...28 May 2010. It's not so confusing, you just get use to writing it for the audience who's going to read it.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 10
Do they really? Is that the way the American military write the date nowadays too? Fascinating stuff, thanks for that.