Phonetic Alphabet


After all those years in the UK, I’ve never managed to get used to phonetic alphabet. It always takes me by surprise.
For those who don’t live on Albion, whenever you ring err, let’s say a phone line provider, people spell everything very fast using the NATO phonetic alphabet. It’s probably fine if your name is John Smith, that would be Juliet-Oscar-Hotel-November Sierra-Mike-India-Tango-Hotel.
But there you go, mine is an interminable 29 letters long, with the middle names. Add to this “J” being pronounced “gee”, and “g” “jay” and so on in French, It just takes me a huge effort to spell my name and it never comes out correctly anyway, but that’s almost for another post later on.
What I was trying to say is that I usually have to make up my own phonetic alphabet as I spell.
To which the person on the phone answers the correct phonetic alphabet word to ask for confirmation…well…