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Lucy Kemnitzerritaxis on December 16th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
(not saying it is a better way or more correct, but) It is because when we talk, we say "December sixteenth, we don't say "The sixteenth of December," most of the time.


Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on December 16th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
I really don't think the lesson Swift was offering with the Big- and Little-Endians is what the author of this article thinks it was.

P.
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on December 16th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
The real question is Why do people in the 21st century use numbers for months?

I can understand using YYYY-MM-DD in contexts where you want a bunch of filenames to sort in order. But when writing the date on letters or checks, why not use the three-letter month abbreviation? You spend one extra character’s worth of effort, and gain massive payoffs in readability and disambiguation.
bemused_leftist: pic#121392909bemused_leftist on December 17th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Because it's the most efficient ordering for retrieval in most common sense situations.

For items dated a few months either side of the current day, the year is pretty much trivial; we know what it must be.

For most items, a few days' difference is less important than a month's difference. Having the month at the beginning of the date, set off by blank space in front, makes it easier to focus on than if it were buried in the middle of the date.
Jay Stewart: Magic: the Gatheringbbwoof on December 18th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
I would say that SOME Americans, or even MOST Americans, write the month before the day.

I am American, and I don't.

As I write this, I would say that it is 20131217-2303.
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