I was having a debate with my American friend today about how the date should be properly displayed and they couldnt give me a decent answer as to why they display it as month/day/year.
My argument as a brit is that the date is written in ascending order, which is day/month/year. its logical to do it this way.
is there any reason why americans do it in such a backwards way besides trying to be different?
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My European mother does the day and month, while in school (living in America) I had to do it month and day. Either way is fine with me... maybe they wanted to write smaller to bigger? (since there are only 12 months out of the year, 28-31 days each month, then the 4 digit year) so it's in ascending order. I am uncertain.1
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who gives a shit? i don't get why brits always feel like complaining over the dumbest shit. why is it called soccer instead of football? why do they spell things with a z? why do they have guns? whatever it may be. does it matter that much?
but to answer your question directly, i don't know the answer and don't feel like looking it up (which you can do too), but i would imagine because months automatically place a time of year and then segment it into a specific day... and then the year. this is instead of saying the 2nd of march or something like that.1
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