Re[3]: Writing British English - correction!

Subject: Re[3]: Writing British English - correction!
From: Iain Harrison <iharrison -at- SCT -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 1996 14:45:27 GMT

Eric Haddock comments:

But 08.11.96? Hmmm. Is
>that July 11th, a version number, or what?

Boy, things _must_ be different over the ocean. In this hemisphere, 08 is
August and July would be 07.

They certainly are!
In the UK 08.11.96 is unquestionably the Eighth of November 1996.
There is no confusion at all. We always write dates dd mm yy.
'Remember, remember the fifth of November'

When US dates come along, there is no way of telling what they mean
unless there are dates that unlock the key - like 20-11-10.

ER, Make that 11-20-10, not 20-11-10. Sorry!

Even the British know that there are only twelve months, but maybe
the Japanese would think that 20-11-10 is the Tenth of November
1920.

But 11-20-10 makes no sense to the Jamanese system. They know
there are only twelve months too!

It all makes as much sense as phones being laid out

123
456
789
0

and computers and calculators all numbered

789
456
123
0

Luckily, at least THOSE are world standards, aren't they?

This message was sent on 8/11/96, even if you are reading it on
11-8-96!

Iain
iharrison -at- sct -dot- co -dot- uk

The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose
from.


Previous by Author: Re[2]: Writing British English
Next by Author: Re[2]: Killer Language -Reply
Previous by Thread: Style Sheets & the Web
Next by Thread: Please take homophobia, kinder and gentler, etc., off-line


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads