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Re: YYMMDD (was: Re: Laadan)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, December 16, 2002, 18:14
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> I didn't work on how Maggel treats dates, but I do know that it uses ordinal > numbers rather than cardinal numbers for day and year numbers
I could see going either way with year numbers; however, in some languages large ordinals are rarely used and sometimes uncertain (the ordinal of 1001 is properly "the thousand and first" but "the thousand and one-th" is often heard). Using cardinals for days of the month seems utterly bizarre to me: "Dec 25" is "December twenty-fifth", being short for "the twenty-fifth [day] of December". This older form is lexicalized in "the Fourth of July". I once saw a parody of French political speeches which read something like this: We must at all times be inspired with the spirit of May 25, while not forgetting the significant lessons of April 9, nor neglecting the spirit of December 18, ... -- John Cowan "If he has seen farther than others, it is because he is standing on a stack of dwarves." --Mike Champion, describing Tim Berners-Lee (adapted)


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>