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June 08, 2009

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Kevin Segedi

9 June here in NZ! I learn more with each post of your posts. Keep 'em coming!

Murray Moman

Geez, pretty ballsy of that client to change your words...

And please don't hate me for using "ballsy".

Lynn

Hi, Kevin. I was thinking of you when I wrote "eastern hemisphere." Thanks for commenting! So "9 June" is the way it is done in NZ?

Lynn

Murray, I don't think of it as ballsy. I think of it as a habit. He is a director, and he probably has been doing things a certain way forever.

Normally I request that clients ask me before they make changes in my messages. That's because their "corrections" have made me look silly in the past. I just forgot with this new client.

Maggie

Yes, it would be '9 June' here in Australia too (we always express our dates as DD/MM/YY).

Lynn

Thanks, Maggie. I will remember that point.

Vicky

That is something new, I have always used 18th June, will remember in future that it is incorrect.
Here in Ireland we also go with DD/MM/YY.

Martin

In fact, none of the versions given make any sense at all. Why do Americans insist on writing the units in the order month/day/year or middle/small/big? Do you write time as minutes:seconds:hours? Of course not. There are 2 logical orders, the European day/month/year or the Japanese year/month/day. The US is the only country that is so confused and which causes problems for non-US readers. I am British. When I know that I am writing for the USA, I put 3 May 2010. That is clear to anyone.

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