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    use-by date

    Hello.



    What do you call 10/03/09?
    The expiration date? The use-by date?

    Thank you!

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    Re: use-by date

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.



    What do you call 10/03/09?
    The expiration date? The use-by date?

    Thank you!
    I call it the use by date.


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    Re: use-by date

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.



    What do you call 10/03/09?
    The expiration date? The use-by date?

    Thank you!
    I'd call it a "use-by date". I think there are those that might refer to it as an "expiration date", but the more ordinary expression, I think, would be "use-by date".

    But, you know, I can't help thinking that they both sound equally familiar to me. So I just checked Google, and it seems that "expiration date" could be more common, but it's hard to say because I feel that Google has more written language than spoken language.

    I did these searches:

    "use-by date" food
    "expiration date" food
    food "use-by date"
    food "expiration date"

    People would mostly say "expiration date" for medication, both prescription and over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin.

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