kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8724 posts, RR: 13 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
As per numerous other threads the US uses MM/DD/YYYY unlike most of the rest of us who use DD/MM/YYYY. The purpose of this thread is not to re-hash that particular issue or whether one format is inherently better than the other.
Recently it occurred to me that Americans tend to say "the 4th of July" when referring to their national day , based on their usual format I would have expected it to be referred to as "July 4th".
Does it strike anyone else as odd that Americans should refer to this date of all dates in such an "un-American" way?
Sorry if there have been previous threads on this, I tried a search and came up with nothing , but as we all know the search function can be a bit erratic.
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13429 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2188 times:
Actually in the military in the USA, they use DD/MM/YYYY formats for dating in correspondence, records. Why we use the MM/DD/YYYY format is just one of those imponderables like why we have drivers sit on the left side of a car whilst you in the Brit based countries do so on the right.
As others noted, calling it 'the 4th of July' does give it a special meaning, it is also shorter to use than Independence Day and give note of what is the most important date in our nation's history. Other countries also use such date references to their Independence Day, days of critical battles in their history, ect, in street names or references to them.