Are there other Americans like me who can remember the moment when they realized that the rest of the English-speaking world does not write dates the same way we do? In America, 5/11/2009 is May 11th. In England or Australia, that is November 5th. And, like many similar discrepancies between the US and the rest of the world, the world’s system makes more sense. Day, then month, then year. I was at a post office in London during my study abroad when I realized I was an ambassador to a silly people. I have tried to be respectful of this difference ever since.