Deadline or Dateline

Okay, so, I know I haven’t posted anything in here for a while. In which ‘a while’ actually means ‘a gazillion years’, in which actually mean for a quite long period of time. But I’m not going to talk about it now. I don’t want to talk about it at all, actually. Because as you guys might have seen it, I only update this blog whenever I feel like it.

So, this time. I’m going to talk about exactly what I wrote on the title.

It’s about deadline. And dateline. And how so many people have mistaken them.

Okay. Maybe not that many of people. But I see this quite a lot and this just bugged me so much that I finally feel the urge to write this down.

Because I’m that kind of jerk, you see. I write this down on my blog instead of telling the people directly.

Let’s start with the definition. As many of you know, I’m not from language or literary major, so I put my trust in Google to define things for me.

Copied and pasted directly from my Google result of define: deadline.

dead·line
ˈdedˌlīn/

noun

  1. the latest time or date by which something should be completed.
    “the deadline for submissions is February 5th”
    synonyms: time limit, limit, finishing date, target date, cutoff point

    “the deadline for manuscript submissions is February 14”
  2. historical
    a line drawn around a prison beyond which prisoners were liable to be shot.

And then copied and pasted directly from my Google result of define: dateline.

date·line
ˈdātlīn/
noun
1. a line at the head of a dispatch or special article in a newspaper showing the date and place of writing.
verb
1. mark (a dispatch or article) with a dateline.

See the difference? Do I need to highlight it again?

Fine.

Deadline: the latest time or date by which something should be completed.

Dateline: a line at the head of a dispatch or special article in a newspaper showing the date and place of writing.

That’s it? So deadline is actually the date on which if you pass it, you’ll die. Meanwhile, dateline, is something that is a line consisted of date. So when we want to use it to call a certain time when something has to be done, we use deadline, and when we want to mark a certain time of something, we use dateline.

Wait, that actually made me a bit confused.

Alright probably this Wikipedia article about dateline might help you better.

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