|Re: Happy PI Day from Europe|
Message #16 Posted by Jeff O. on 14 Mar 2012, 9:06 a.m.,
in response to message #11 by Jean-Michel
Feel free to boycott, but then you’ll miss all the fun!
Do other people here share my point of view?
Apparently quite a few do:
Only magenta in the above exclusively uses the MDY format. Cyan, with population totaling some 3,200,000,000 uses DMY. But yellow, some 1,500,000,000 persons, uses YMD, not sure how they express it if they drop the year. My guess is MD, so that may be the way of the future.
I can see the logic of the DMY format, and would not mind that format in the US. But I do not anticipate it changing any time soon, as it is ingrained in our culture. At least using the MDY format is not nearly as harmful as our continued use of the US Customary Units system of weights and measures.
The other major difference between the US and the rest of the world (OK, not the only other difference, but perhaps the only one suitable for discussion here) is of course the dot vs. comma for radix character and digit grouping separator. In this case, I believe the US convention is actually more logically consistent. My opinion only, no offense (or offence, if you prefer) intended.