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#295432 29-Mar-2022 10:22
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In these days of being online all the time and communicating over audio meetings etc. we often encounter clarifying what letter we mean we speaking out a reference number, code etc.

 

I just wonder if people bother to use the NATO phonetic alphabet

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_phonetic_alphabet

 

or just use whatever word come to mind.

 

I do see there is a thread in this forum todays Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment. And of course Oscar Mike George

 

Back in the day when I  used to have to recite hex addresses over the phone (!) I used to use

 

able, baker, charlie delta easy fox for the hex digits

 

Now that would be

 

alfa, bravo, charlie, delta, echo foxtrot

 

But when talking to a customer support rep I will often say apple, boy, charlie, dog  so not to sound too nerdy :-(





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  #2893393 29-Mar-2022 10:28
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  #2893397 29-Mar-2022 10:32
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Always NATO phonetic, although I like the one posted above for use with scammers so may keep a copy of that on hand, just in case. 





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  #2893403 29-Mar-2022 10:43
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I make it up as I go along. 

 

Pop would be said "Pop", then P for Peter, O for Orange, P for Peter. 

 

Whilst on another day it might be P for Poppa, O for Orsum, P for Paul. 

 

 

 

I'm not good at these kinds of things.





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  #2893415 29-Mar-2022 10:51
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I prefer the phonetic alphabet, although I tend to find that sound quality on the phone is good enough not to need it. 


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  #2893417 29-Mar-2022 10:52
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I haven't memorised the whole thing. I used to quote the bit of my numberplate in it when booking a WOF (it had an S in it, which of course is difficult to distinguish from F over the phone), but that was about it!


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Generally NATO, learnt it years ago when data was into CB radios.

 

 





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Had to learn NATO years ago for a marine VHF operator licence. I use it whenever I'm on the phone and want to be sure the other person gets it correct. Eg flight booking references for one.

 

A few times now I've heard a sigh of relief from the other end when they realise you use it and they start using it fluently back at you. 




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  #2893424 29-Mar-2022 11:05
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Always the NATO.  Plenty of people don't know what it means - especially people for whom English is language.  If one's first language doesn't use Latin letters, I imagine, phonetics could be quite challenging





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  #2893433 29-Mar-2022 11:17
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MikeAqua:

 

Always the NATO.  Plenty of people don't know what it means - especially people for whom English is language.  If one's first language doesn't use Latin letters, I imagine, phonetics could be quite challenging

 

 

 

 

From reading the Wikipedia article, it seems the NATO alphabet was altered to make the sounds clearer for those who are not native English speakers. For example most airlines around the world talk to ATC in English and use the NATO phonetic alphabetic.

 

I sometimes forget and say O for October than Oscar which seems like a less common word one would usually speak. Again P for Pappa rather than Peter.

 

 





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  #2893434 29-Mar-2022 11:24
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I use the ICAO alphabet for spelling by default. ;-)





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  #2893435 29-Mar-2022 11:25
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Behodar:

 

I haven't memorised the whole thing. I used to quote the bit of my numberplate in it when booking a WOF (it had an S in it, which of course is difficult to distinguish from F over the phone), but that was about it!

 

 

 

 

But it seems more natural to say S for Sam than S for Sierra doesn't it?





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  #2893436 29-Mar-2022 11:25
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Gurezaemon:

 

If I'm dealing with scammers, I use this:

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/Kitboga/comments/s9fdd8/helpful_guide_for_spelling_things_out_for_scammers/

 

🤣

 

 

Wonderful, thanks for that!


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  #2893446 29-Mar-2022 11:39
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lchiu7:

 

Behodar:

 

I haven't memorised the whole thing. I used to quote the bit of my numberplate in it when booking a WOF (it had an S in it, which of course is difficult to distinguish from F over the phone), but that was about it!

 

 

 

 

But it seems more natural to say S for Sam than S for Sierra doesn't it?

 

 

Not if you're talking about cars. There's a Ford Sierra, but no Toyota Sam.


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  #2893447 29-Mar-2022 11:40
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Always NATO phonetic as well. I work for Coastguard, just makes sense :D

 

Its funny hearing people trying to make up their own, and come up with a word that sounds the same as something else anyway ;)

 

 





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  #2893451 29-Mar-2022 11:47
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I 'try' to use the NATO alphabet - but haven't memorised it well.

 

In those times my mind goes blank I have to make them up 😒





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