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the phonetic alphabet

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Abitrary, 1 Feb 2008.

  1. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    This should be banged into childrens heads from pre-school. I know it, but get tripped up on the phone when actually using it, saying stuff like 'T for tango, M for.. mango'.

    A girl at work today said 'E as in egg, er, L as in.. leg...'.

    I'd accurately guess that this is costing the economy about £125,000 a minute due to confusion and wasteful giggling.
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Cold callers get treated to the phonetic alphabet, as in Foxtrot Oscar Charlie.
     
  3. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    One of my colleagues was giving her car reg over the phone during a meeting. She said X for Extra:rolleyes:
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    If they swap Sierra for Sugar then I'll use it.
     
  5. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    It's a NATO standard that is used by the Police as well as the Military, it replaced the old UK one from WWII. I had to learn it when I worked for a Mobile Phone company so you could repeat back spellings to customers when registering new phones. I agree it should be taught in schools but the numpties will always get it wrong.
     
  6. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Location:
    Belvedere, Kent.
    O for aubergine
    Y for wife
     
  7. longers

    longers Veteran

    A - what horses eat.
     
  8. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent

    the best one is X, you know, for Xylaphone
     
  9. Sabreur

    Sabreur New Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    P for Pneumonia

    m for mnemonic
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Q always gets me... quango, queen...?
     
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

    Q for queue?
     
  12. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    Location:
    Netherlands

    Surely, "Q for cue".
     
  13. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Like it! :biggrin:

    b - as in where honey comes from
    c - as in what ships float on
     
  14. derall

    derall Über Member

    Location:
    Home Counties
    Q - Quebec

    There was a version went around back in the sixties or seventies - can only remember the start:
    A for 'orses
    B for Mutton
    C for thHighlanders
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Q is apparently Quebec, not quango.

    It's bloody T for Tango that messes the whole thing up!!! Tango, mango, quango, banjo...