Got a Date?

What is the date represented by 06/01/14?

That depends on whom you ask.

If you ask a young person in the US, he’ll say: June 1, 2014.

If you ask an old person in the US, she’ll say: June 1, 1914.

If you ask a young person in Oman, he’ll say: January 6, 2014.

If you ask an old person in France, she’ll say: January 6, 1914.

So if you’re writing a date and you don’t want any confusion whatsoever, you should write:

1 June 2014 – with no commas or hyphens, as suggested in the SPE Style Guide.

And if you only want to have the month and year, just write April 2010 (no commas).

The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual says to abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec., spelling out all the other month names, when used with a specific date.

Examples:

Jan. 1 is New Year’s Day.

He was born Feb. 8, 2000.

However, in tables of data, a three-letter abbreviation is acceptable for all months.

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