Dates

These guidelines are for American English, which is the language we use as a base before translating to other languages.

That means for most content, you should use the U.S. format of month day, year format for dates: June 26, 2021

When possible, use the month’s full name (October 1, 2022). If there are space constraints, use 3-letter abbreviations followed by a period (Oct. 1, 2022).

Use numbers only, not ordinals, for dates: June 26, not June 26th or June 26th

For date ranges, use an en-dash with no spaces. For example, December 23–25.

YesNo
December 25, 201825th December, 2018
August 6–106th to 10th August

For content targeted at a non-US audience, you may use this date format (with no punctuation): 27 July 2021.

Avoid using year numbers (2016, 2017, etc.) when it would make your content seem dated. Year numbers should never appear in headlines but may be used in event details. Always use the full year when discussing CPX.

When writing a month and year only, do not add a comma: June 2021.

For centuries, use ordinals but not superscripts: 21st century.

Be specific when referring to dates: June 2020 not last June.