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
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, ...
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