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Apr 7th, 2007, 06:15 PM
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But we do talk about the 4th of July a lot.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 06:25 PM
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Ah Neo, that's true. We do say "the 4th 'of' April", don't we? But we don't say it without the "of". I guess it's just one of those weird things we do to be different. ;-)
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Apr 7th, 2007, 07:01 PM
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It's always been that way in the US. Any student of you US history should know the opening lines of Franklin Roosevelt's message to Congress asking for a declaration of war on Japan:

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

We also tend to refer to dates in ordinal terms (the "seventh of December," not simply "seven December" or "December seven"), not cardinal numbers. The European convention is very awkward if you try to use ordinal numbers.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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The Declaration of Independence is dated July 4, 1776, not 4 July, 1776. So yes, it the US it has always been that way.

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Apr 7th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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I'm an American who has lived in Europe for 8 years and can't use American calendars that start the week on Sunday anymore = too confusing to split up the weekend. All the European calendars I've seen start the week on Monday, not just Poland.

And I also prefer the 24 hour time system but still switch back and forth between dd.mm.yy and mm.dd.yy.
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Apr 7th, 2007, 09:51 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publick..._and_Domestick

The first (multi-page) newspaper printed in America has the date listed on it as Sept. 25th. 1690

http://www.masshist.org/database/enl...pg&queryID=219

The image of the London Gazette from 1666 on Wikipedia - - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Gazette - - shows the same format.

When did newspapers in the UK change to dd/mm/yyyy?

Curious minds want to know.

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Apr 8th, 2007, 03:59 AM
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After thinking about this further, and noting the historical references above, I'm almost certain that the "American" format is actually the English language format, and that European format is pobably some French/German inspired diktat from the EU.
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Apr 8th, 2007, 05:44 AM
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OK, while we're on the subject, addresses are often different in Europe from the US in the same way -- only a reversed situation from the calendar dates. In the US, addresses are almost always from the specific to the general -- house number, street name, city, country. But in Europe often the street name is given BEFORE the house number.
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Apr 8th, 2007, 05:50 AM
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<<<But in Europe often the street name is given BEFORE the house number.<<<<
Wrong , for many european countries, the house number comes BEFORE the street name
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Apr 8th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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Could someone clarify the issue of street name and number? So far I could only find number before street name in U.k., Ireland, France and Greece.
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Apr 8th, 2007, 12:06 PM
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Sorry, but "often" does not mean "always".

Here is a list of hotel addresses in Venice, for example.
Note the addresses:

www.superbreak.com/browse/hotels-YF25.htm

Here's a list of hotels in Munich.
again note the addresses:
www.superbreak.com/browse/hotels-YJ9.htm

Here's a list of hotels in Vienna.
again note the addresses:
www.superbreak.com/browse/hotels-YH3.htm

Is that enough yet to say "often"?
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Apr 8th, 2007, 12:34 PM
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If everything's the same in all countries, then it'll take a lot of fun out of traveling.

Please keep the differences.
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