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What is the best format to use when writing out dates?

In represent a time and date, which of the following is the most proper (did I even frame this question right?)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

vs

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

vs

Tuesday, September Twenty-Fifth, 2012

For whatever reason, this has sparked debate where I work.

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It isn't a question of any of them being proper. Different people follow different conventions. The important thing is that those working in any one organisation decide on a particular format and stick to it. My own practice, following the practice where I once worked, is to write 25 September 2012, putting the day of the week in front only if necessary. That seems to me to be clear and simple.

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The first two are interchangeable and are a matter of style. "Twenty-Fifth" would look strange outside of an extremely formal setting like a wedding invitation.

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