They say that variety is the spice of life. I am in total agreement with that, although I do love my creature comforts. A change is as good as a break is another old chestnut extolling the virtues of shaking things up if only briefly. People strive to be individual in their dress and appearance.
Of course there are some things that require unbending rigidity, usually for safety reasons. For instance deciding to drive on the right in London may well provide a break in the routine, but it is undoubtedly also going to cause fatalities. Air traffic control protocols should not be toyed with for obvious reasons.
I understand that it is very difficult to get people to agree, to toe the line, obey, acquiesce, or embrace change. But before it is too late, with the world seeming to be shifting to an even less interconnected state with Brexit and Trump’s wall, I hope we can all come together one last time to sort out an annoying inconsistency.
To wit, what date is 4/7/2017?
To some it refers to the fourth day of the seventh month of 2017; that is July 4th next year. While to others it is clearly April 7, 2017.
Now that is a heck of a difference. Consider that in our day of long waits for annual medical check-ups a doctor’s appointment card with 4/7/2017 may result in the patient arriving three months early or, perish the thought, three months late.
Can we not agree on one sequence and stick with it? I frankly have no preference, I just want a little reassurance that we are all on the same page, singing from the same hymnal, not going against the grain. Or might we consider doing away with these abbreviations entirely and actually writing out the month? I suggest President-Elect Trump make this a priority once he is sworn in on 20/01/2017?