a 2yr 5mo 6dy project

moonglow

Banned
English – America
I found this in the Guardian Style Guide: 2hr 5min 6sec
~ a time of 2hr 8min 24sec
~ a 2hr 59min 57sec marathon

The closed format is clean, concise, uncluttered and readable.

What do you think would come close to using this closed format with years, days and months ~ ie what would be an understandable abbreviation for year(s), month(s) and day(s), in your opinion. I came up with the following (to mimic the exemplars above) but am unsure whether or not they work. Please, no recasts to spell them out in full.

~ a 2yr 5mo 6dy project
~ The project lasted 2yr 5mo 6dy.

Thanks.
 
  • JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    :D
    It sounds precise, but enquiring minds will need to know whether February was one of the months or does this scenario assume a rounded, approximate number of 30 days per month? Without spelling it out in full, one could perhaps say it was an 886dy project?
     

    moonglow

    Banned
    English – America
    They won't care. All I wanted to know was whether or not "mo" and "dy" looked good to represent both the singular and plural abbreviated versions of "month/months" and "day/days".
     

    moonglow

    Banned
    English – America
    Uh, yeah. I posted it above. They didn't have guidance on years, months and days. I wouldn't have asked if they did.
     
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