Here it is, February 20th, 2020. AKA 20/02/2020. Also 02/20/2020. And 20/02/20. And 2020/02/20.
Try as I might I can’t find a common date format that offers me a palindrome today, although with only twos and zeros you’d think there’d be some way to do it.
As in many things, the content isn’t all that matters: The order matters too.
This is the order of good dog instructions. First, get the dog’s attention (after all, Rover isn’t always listening); then say what you want. (Note that it’s the same format used for digital assistants — Siri . . . turn on the lights — although there might be more reason to think that Siri and her sisters are always listening. A matter for another day.) (Note also that there is no order at all for cat instructions: Cats don’t take instructions from staff.)
This email/letter requests a refund/decision/answer/opinion/whatever.
This is the order of good email/letter communications. First say what you want/need, then give the details that now make sense within that context.
Maybe it’s because the order changes that I keep messing up. In oral communications I still ask my question before securing my partner’s attention; in written communications I still save my question for the end.
Today’s palindromic disappointment is a good reminder that, as brilliant as my content always is, the order matters too.