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#512182 11/05/08 07:02 PM
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It is absolutely amazing how one company can get so many things wrong and do it so consistently. I am afflicted with a syndrome that causes me to see grammar, spelling and other silly mistakes in printing. It is a curse, and a cross I must bear.

The latest? On the Verizon website, I am asked, as a retiree, to access the benefits area by inputting my password and date of birth. That should not be a problem, as I know both of them. In most cases, when a computer asks me for my date of birth, the format is "mm-dd-yyyy" (It used to be sufficient to use "yy" before the Y2K boondoggle).

Here is the format (and a format that I have never seen before) in which they want me to input my date of birth:

"mm-dd-ccyy"

"mm" stands for the month. I was born in the month of March. That translates to "03"

"dd" stands for the day. I was born on the eighteenth day. That translates to "18"

"cc" stands for...what?... maybe "century" ??? I was born in the twentieth century. That translates to "20"

"yy" stands for the last two characters of my birth year. I was born in (nineteen) forty-seven. That translates to "47"

For some reason, when I tell them that I was born on "03-18-2047" they deny me access. Can anyone explain why?


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Did you try doing it with 1947? Just wondering...


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I think Jeff has it. I'd guess the website was designed or programmed in Europe, where mm dd yyyy is their standard format. Maybe other countries as well (India, China?).

cc is century. Here's something google told me:

From what I understand, it is the same thing as YYYY format. The problem with cc is that it is asking for current century, which is 21st, but what was actually meant was first two numbers of current century (I.E. "20" in "2008") Due to this discrepancy, the current version on applications or requests is supposed to read: YYYY, NOT CCYY, because it is very confusing; technically speaking asking for the current century and the year would actually make 2108 (We aren't quite there yet; so just stick with 1980. I hope this helped you.

I too think you're telling it you were born in 2047.

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c can stand for Hundred so cc should be 1900


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Arthur, my wife and I have the same silly affliction. It's called a decent education, before the early Nineteen60's. By 1970, the college textbooks were being rewritten to avoid words of more than 2 syllables, and sentences with more than 1 comma! However, it is kind of fun to proofread the daily paper. Fayetteville, NC's paper has fewer errors than Salina, KS's paper had. Or, maybe I need to get a life. smile John C.


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