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#92264 01/16/03 06:05 AM
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...you know the sort of thing, alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot, etc. A friend and I were musing the other night about how funny it would be ( - this was around the 3rd bottle of a cheeky little Riesling as I recall - ) if the words were replaced with ones which were completely wrong =in removing ambiguity in pronunciation - eg. A = aesthete, P = psychiatrist, K =knapsack, T = tsar,. You get the picture. But some of the letters are quite hard to think up such an entry for. Anyone with too much time on their hands care to fill in some of the blanks?

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M is for mnemonic, X is for Xylophone, O is for Ouevre


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I once came up with a whole set (except for R which I just couldn't do)

Lessee what I can remember

B  Bdelium

C  Ctenoid

D  Djinn

F  Fnese (there's a wwftd fer ya)

L  Llama




#92267 01/16/03 11:01 AM
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or maybe g = gnome or gnarled and k = knot

c = cyanide
e = eye
o = oedipus
t = tsunami
w = wrong
x = Xanadu

I think that's about my limit!


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>fnese

duly noted.


#92269 01/16/03 03:37 PM
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a whole set (except for R which I just couldn't do)
You could, I suppose, really throw people off the scent by using Wriggle = R ?




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some might find rhotic aptly misleading for 'r'..


#92271 01/16/03 03:52 PM
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find rhotic aptly misleading

Ah!


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Not to throw cold water on a delightful thread BUT
My late husband, A US Air Force officer explained to me the letter-explanation-words were chosen because they are know and/or understood in most of the world's languages.
For example S is Sierra H is Hotel.
Of course the rather ribald humor of militray minds translated Sierra Hotel to "Shit Hot."
There is a NAval Air Station in Nevada (yes Nevada) and the Bachelor Officers Quarters is named Sierra Hotel. Most young bachelor aviator-officers think the name apt. That the Sierra Nevada mountains are nearby evidently let it slip past the censors!


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>My late husband, A US Air Force officer explained to me the letter-explanation-words were chosen because they are know and/or understood in most of the world's languages.

And yet there are several versions in use amongst diferent armed forces, police forces and the civilian aviation community. Go figure.


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