Palindrome Tenday, 2018

Happy first day of Palindrome Week for 2018, for everyone using the m-dd-yy date format.  I myself do not generally use this format, preferring the easily read and unambiguous mm-ddd-yyyy format with numbers and letters (for example, 10 Aug 2018), but I am happy to take palindromic dates where I find them.

Today, for example, is 8-10-18, or 81018.  Saturday is 81118.  And so on, to Sunday 19 Aug 2018.

Graphic of palindrome dates for 2018

Now, you might have noticed that Palindrome Week has 10 days in it, not 7.  Checking online to see if someone else knows an English word for a period of 10 days turns up this helpful response:

No single word is current usage for a period of ten days.
A week covers a period of seven days,
a fortnight covers a period of 14 days,
but there is nothing in-between which can be considered current usage.
Phrase Requests

But there is a usage in science fiction which can help us here: the tenday.

A tenday was a Faerunian unit of time.

Well, isn’t that just like those pragmatic Faerunians, to have such a simple and yet unambiguous term?  I’m in.  Palindrome Tenday it is.  So it is written; so let it be done.

 

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2 Comments

  1. John Whitman

    Isabel – Having been harassed by a certain editor for many years, I couldn’t resist this.

    You state that, “…. I myself do not generally use this format, preferring the easily read and unambiguous mm-ddd-yyyy format with numbers and letters (for example, 10 Aug 2018), …”

    If you prefer the mm-ddd-yyyy format, why did you use the dd-mmm-yyyy format in your example?

    John W

    1. Isabel Gibson

      John – Hahaha. What’s a day (or a month) between friends? Let me correctly specify my preference: dd-mmm-yyyy. As for harassment, I’m pretty sure all editors work as I do/did, and merely give gentle guidance.

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