We could do worse (not sure how) than to adopt the General Rules from the NSW Bar Associations Style Guide to hopefully ensure none of us makes egregious errors.*

General rules*
Remember to never split an infinitive.
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.

http://www.nswbar.asn.au/docs/resources/style_guide.php

(Who'd a thunk lawyers could have a sense of humour?)

 

*Any adherence to the General Rules in this posting is deliberate.

 

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I object to this Your Honour:

21 March 2001
not 21st March not March 21st

I just do. Who's ever heard of a "21 birthday" for example? Or has anyone recently put their bicycle into "3 gear" ?

DON'T PANIC!, Gw.

I was referring just to their "General Rules*", now included in OP.

(And I did add a parenthetical remark.)

Note that their full rules are based on the "Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition"!

I'm so glad you wrighted that "DON'T PANIC!" in large, friendly letters, else I just might have panicked.

15th edition indeed. What a joke.

Well, I could have introduced this friendly little fellow...

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