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 Definition A punctuation mark (,) shaped like a little left-oriented drop, placed on the baseline of the text and used in a lot of writing systems to indicate a pause in a sentence or to separate things; in a few languages, also a diacritic mark below a letter. [d] [e]
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I think that *historians* are more prone to use 26 June 1987 than just "contemporary" writers. And what about the military (US)? Howard would know.

You might mention that English and French (for instance, maybe other languages do it also) reverse the use of period and commas in numbers. At least I think they do in *many* cases.... Hayford Peirce 02:24, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Portuguese certainly uses a 'vírgula' as a decimal point (remember when typewriters had proper 'floating' decimal points?) - I can think offhand only of English that uses a full stop (period!) Ro Thorpe 14:13, 14 July 2010 (UTC)