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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    I think it must be going around today!
    Another proof the earth ain't flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    And, too, 'Cinco de Mayo'!

    Wait...
    Speak English, dammit! Iff'n English was good enough fer Jesus Christ, it oughtter be good enough fer EVERYWON!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Speak English, dammit! Iff'n English was good enough fer Jesus Christ, it oughtter be good enough fer EVERYWON!!!
    I'm not sure how to break it to you, friend, but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    I'm not sure how to break it to you, friend, but...
    What? What? Did I spell a word wrong or sumthin'??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Conversationally, we use month/day because that's how it works conversationally.

    "When's the picnic?"

    "August 12th."


    Almost no one says "The 12th of August."

    Writing the date as 8/12 is a natural extension of this.
    We do in Australia as does the UK.

    E.g. Jeff Wayne's Musical Adaptation of H.G. Wells' 'War Of The Worlds':

    "At midnight, on the 12th of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, ..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    We do in Australia as does the UK.

    E.g. Jeff Wayne's Musical Adaptation of H.G. Wells' 'War Of The Worlds':

    "At midnight, on the 12th of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, ..."
    H.G. Wells was wrong. Martians never invaded the Earth. Complete and utter fiction.

    But what if Martians invaded Uranus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    But what if Martians invaded Uranus?
    I would exhibit an uncomfortable gait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    We do in Australia as does the UK.

    E.g. Jeff Wayne's Musical Adaptation of H.G. Wells' 'War Of The Worlds':

    "At midnight, on the 12th of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, ..."
    Longfellow also ...

    "On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
    Hardly a man is now alive
    Who remembers that famous day and year."
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    I've always liked the way (I'm pretty sure) the military denotes dates, without the ordinal suffix, so instead of saying "The twelfth of August" or "August twelfth" it would be "Twelve August" and written 12 Aug. Kind of robotic, and cold, but without all the crap in the way.

    I was never in the military (and we're all a little safer for it) so maybe that's not really true. Anyone?
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