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  • The only linguistic impact of 9/11 is 9/11 itself

Comments Sep 10, 2011 2:06 am

It might be worth noting that here in the UK, we also usually say 9/11 but our date format is usually the other way round; we would always say 5th of November, never November 5th.In the same way, I read somewhere else that the only US date in UK format used with any regularity is the fourth of July.

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The continental United States has only been severely attacked twice. Pearl Harbor Day is always "Pearl Harbor" in first reference, and thereafter, Dec.7, 1941,probably due to FDR's often-quoted speech on Dec.8, 1941. It struck me as odd that the year was left off the 9/11 phrase - or is 9/11/01 perhaps too bulky for easy repetition?

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