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I've always been taught to write it alike the former, but personally, I think the latter looks better. Why is it that most people write it alike the former?

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    Commas are never required by law, and in a date they are optional. If it's meant to be read out loud, commas make sense because they indicate intonation dips. But if it's intended to be read only -- and always when intended for machine reading -- commas have no purpose. The specified order and separators of the various date parts is much more important for machines. – John Lawler Dec 8 '13 at 19:28
  • I've never used the 'th' or the 'of'. It's always been 8 December, 2013 or December 8, 2013 - Or even more commonly, 12/8/13. – Jolenealaska Dec 8 '13 at 23:05
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In my professional career, it was always 8 December 2013. Just like that. How you choose to pronounce it is another matter.

  • Do you know why that has become the custom, to write it like that? – Ryan Dec 8 '13 at 20:12
  • It's clear and uncluttered. Commas and 'th' (or 'rd') add nothing. – Barrie England Dec 8 '13 at 20:18
  • Well sure, but then again, nobody ever refers to “the 4 of July” or “the 1 of January” or “the 25 of December” or “Remember remember the 5 of November”. – tchrist Dec 8 '13 at 20:26
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    'A date which will live in infamy' – Barrie England Dec 8 '13 at 20:57
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I guess, date format depends on the documents and country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_date#Expressing_dates_in_spoken_English

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