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For full dates, use the format 10 June 1921. Where the year is omitted, use 10 June. Do not use numerical date formats such as "03/04/2005", as this could refer to 3 April or to March 4.

Months and seasons

For month and year, write June 1921, with no comma. Avoid abbreviations for months (such as Feb for February) Use only where space is extremely limited. Avoid ambiguous references to seasons (seasons are opposite in the southern and northern hemispheres). 

Years and longer periods

Do not use the words “the year” before the digits (1995, not the year 1995), unless the meaning would otherwise be unclear.

Decades are written in the format the 1980s, with no apostrophe. Use the two-digit form ('80s) only with an established social or cultural meaning.

Avoid forms such as the 1700s that could refer to 10 or 100 years. Years are denoted by AD and BC . The abbreviations are written without periods, and with a non-breaking space, as in 5 BC. Omit AD unless this would cause ambiguity.


Use of the term "current" should be avoided. What is current today may be out of date as early as tomorrow. Instead, use date- and time-specific text. To help keep information updated use the As of {{{1}}} template. Incorrect: He is the current president of the society ... Correct: As of 2011, he is the president of the society ... Avoid reference to “new” features, policies or processes, as well as any phrases that include the word “now ”. Incorrect: We have now moved all of the request forms onto one easy to use online form. Correct: Requests can be made using the online request form.

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