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Title: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: trdsf on March 02, 2017, 11:27:21 AM
From a real call I had this morning, caller reading back something to me to make sure he had it spelled correctly: "Okay, that's D as in David, L as in... uh... something that starts with L."

That's right up there with the time I gave someone the phonetic spelling "That's K as in Knife... uh.  May I try that again?"
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Sal1981 on March 02, 2017, 01:15:58 PM
Opportunity missed. L as in Leroy.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Hydra009 on March 02, 2017, 01:40:28 PM
M as in Mancy :P
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on March 02, 2017, 02:12:19 PM
Fauxnetically.

How'd I do?
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: PopeyesPappy on March 02, 2017, 03:58:02 PM
A   Alpha
B   Bravo
C   Charlie
D   Delta
E   Echo
F   Foxtrot
G   Golf
H   Hotel
I   India
J   Juliet
K   Kilo
L   Lima
M   Mike
N   November
O   Oscar
P   Papa
Q   Quebec
R   Romeo
S   Sierra
T   Tango
U   Uniform
V   Victor
W   Whiskey
X   X-ray
Y   Yankee
Z   Zulu

Is what they taught me almost 40 years ago.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on March 02, 2017, 04:40:07 PM
A   Alpha
B   Bravo
C   Charlie
D   Delta
E   Echo
F   Foxtrot
G   Golf
H   Hotel
I   India
J   Juliet
K   Kilo
L   Lima
M   Mike
N   November
O   Oscar
P   Papa
Q   Quebec
R   Romeo
S   Sierra
T   Tango
U   Uniform
V   Victor
W   Whiskey
X   X-ray
Y   Yankee
Z   Zulu

Is what they taught me almost 40 years ago.
Boot camp, 1969. Eighty recruits chanting that at least once every evening before lights out.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: trdsf on March 02, 2017, 11:29:08 PM
Speaking of spelling on the phone...

https://youtu.be/hUJLczoyVlI?t=620

If it doesn't start there directly, it starts at 10:20.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: trdsf on March 10, 2017, 12:44:59 PM
Okay, "L as in something that starts with L" has been dethroned.

One of our callers just did "H as in whore".
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Cavebear on March 19, 2017, 12:36:12 AM
Okay, "L as in something that starts with L" has been dethroned.

One of our callers just did "H as in whore".

At one point in my career, I had to spell codes to people on the phone.  I kept the standard list taped to the wall.  But others didn't and some times gave interesting versions back.  I always crack up recalling getting "N for Pneumonia".

But reading "whore"" also reminds of 2 funny mistakes by friends and one of my own.  One friend referred to "whore-frost on the soil and I only caught the error when he attempted to explain the origin.  Another thought the plant cowslips was "cow's lips" not "cow slips".  I myself, as an early reader, thought Ulysses's wife was pronounced "Penelope" like "envelope". Seemed sensible...   LOL!
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Atheon on March 19, 2017, 02:52:02 PM
A as in Au Pair
C as in Cnidarian
G as in Gjetost
H as in Hour
J as in Jarlsberg
K as in Knight
P an in Pneumonia
S as in Szczecin
W as in Wrong
X as in Xi'an
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on March 19, 2017, 03:36:59 PM
Parenthetically is one way to not spell phonetically.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Hydra009 on March 20, 2017, 12:21:57 AM
J as in Jarlsberg
I actually do pronounce it Jarles-berg.  Is the J silent?  If so, I've been doing it wrong all my life.

Route = root or rout?
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Atheon on March 20, 2017, 12:35:54 AM
I actually do pronounce it Jarles-berg.  Is the J silent?  If so, I've been doing it wrong all my life.
The J is pronounced like a Y instead of like a J.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Gawdzilla Sama on March 20, 2017, 08:43:05 AM
The J is pronounced like a Y instead of like a J.
Jes, it is.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: SGOS on March 20, 2017, 08:51:28 AM
A   Alpha
B   Bravo
C   Charlie
D   Delta
E   Echo
F   Foxtrot
G   Golf
H   Hotel
I   India
J   Juliet
K   Kilo
L   Lima
M   Mike
N   November
O   Oscar
P   Papa
Q   Quebec
R   Romeo
S   Sierra
T   Tango
U   Uniform
V   Victor
W   Whiskey
X   X-ray
Y   Yankee
Z   Zulu

Is what they taught me almost 40 years ago.

When I learned it was:
Able
Baker
Charlie
Dog
Easy
Fox
etc, etc, etc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Army/Navy_Phonetic_Alphabet

That was before 1956.  My Boy Scout Leader was a former radioman in the Army, and made us learn the Morse Code and march around the school playground.  It was actually kind of fun.  I might have been a good soldier.  Well, a good marcher, anyway.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: SGOS on March 20, 2017, 08:53:19 AM
Parenthetically is one way to not spell phonetically.

()tically
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Hydra009 on March 20, 2017, 12:23:42 PM
The J is pronounced like a Y instead of like a J.
Surelj you yest.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 20, 2017, 12:34:15 PM
P-w-n E-t-h-i-c-a-l-l-y
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Hydra009 on March 20, 2017, 12:35:18 PM
Next you guys will tell me pecan isn't pronounced "pee-kahn", aunt doesn't rhyme with want, creek doesn't rhyme with week, and caramel doesn't have 3 syllables.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: trdsf on March 20, 2017, 01:19:26 PM
Next you guys will tell me pecan isn't pronounced "pee-kahn", aunt doesn't rhyme with want, creek doesn't rhyme with week, and caramel doesn't have 3 syllables.
The second and third, yeah, they don't.  I've always pronounced them 'ant' and 'crick'.

But is is car-a-mel, or care-a-mel?
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Hydra009 on March 20, 2017, 04:39:35 PM
care-a-mel
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: trdsf on March 21, 2017, 06:41:57 PM
care-a-mel
Huh.

I've always done car-(uh)-mel -- barely more than two syllables but not quite three.
Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Unbeliever on March 21, 2017, 06:49:40 PM
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Title: Re: How Not To Spell Phonetically
Post by: Cavebear on March 22, 2017, 04:27:32 AM
Z as in ceasarian"?  LOL!