Pressing question.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Hover Fly, 11 Jan 2008.

  1. Hover Fly

    Hover Fly Lover of the bunny

    So I was on aTGV coming across France for my aunt's funeral, when a thought came into my head, when armed forces or the police etc. are using the phonetic alphabet and they need a "W", is it the Irish/USA spelling "whiskey" or the Scottish/Canadian/Japanese "whisky" that they use?

    And another thing, why don't we have a shorter word for the letter "W"? In fact when I need to say "W" I'm going to use the word "whiskey", it's one syllable shorter.
  2. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Suprising what you think about when in a train!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    A freakish question if you ask me. The whole point of a phonetic alphabet is that it helps you to relate the spelling of words over an audio only medium, walkie-talkie, telephone etc. The spelling of the phonemes is irrelevant in this context.
  5. i usually fall asleep... which reminds me *rips up application form to be a train driver*
  6. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Colne, Lancs
    I believe that strictly speaking it's: "whiskey", as it's more common internationally (i.e. the Americans use it, and it's NATO approved), but I don't think that it matters all that much.

    As for the second point, no idea. I still don't understand why we have the k and the c, when they're the same pretty much all the time.
  7. longers

    longers Veteran

  8. longers

    longers Veteran

    Celibate. Cellophane.
  9. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    It's OK they've got warning buzzers in the cabs to wake you up when you go over important bits.
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    Celery, censure, central, cephalopod.
  11. keeble bollege oxford
  12. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Colne, Lancs
    Ahhh but longers, they're 's' sounds, the rest are K sounds. The ones you should bring up are 'ch' which isn't covered by another letter'.
    Strictly speaking I mean to get rid of the K rather than the C though, it always stikes me as pointless, and 25 is a much rounder number.
  13. but you get more points in scrabble for a k
  14. longers

    longers Veteran

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