A few years ago, I memorized the NATO phonetic alphabet so I could be more clear on the phone and over long distances. It’s been extremely useful at my current job where I field many support calls from users on spotty connections. I’m gradually compiling a list of alternatives to NATO words that people use when they don’t know the NATO alphabet. I’m not entirely sure why I’m doing this except that I’m fascinated by regional/cultural colloquialisms.
|NATO phonetic alphabet
|“Alternative phonetic alphabet”
Perhaps some of these alternatives are from other codified phonetic alphabets, but they seem pretty off-the-wall to me. I’ll try to update this table when I hear new ones.