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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The So-Called Superiority of European Date Formats

Here's a question I sometimes ask of my European friends (As well as those folks who only think they're European. I'm talking about you Irish and Canadians, specifically):

If your calendar date formats are so much better and make so much more sense because they run from smaller units to larger -- Day/Month/Year...

How come your time formats aren't also that way -- Minutes/Hours?

I've never gotten a satisfactory answer.



  • The superiority is not the type of order, it's the fact that there is one at all.

    The date runs in ascending, time runs descending but at least there is an actual order - the US format of month, day, year has no order whatsoever, no logical reasoning behind it.

    By Blogger Adam, At 5/24/2007 11:44 AM  

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