This is Not the NATO Alphabet You’re Looking For

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Forty Four]

The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, commonly known as the NATO phonetic alphabet or the ICAO phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used radiotelephone spelling alphabet. The ITU phonetic alphabet and figure code is a variant.

I’m sick of having that damn thing crammed down my throat and so in the interest of chaos, mayhem, and shenanigans, I offer do humbly offer the CHAOS Alphabet.

But first the news:

To create the alphabet, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assigned codewords acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet, so that letters and numbers would have distinct names that would be most easily understood by those who exchange voice messages by radio or telephone, regardless of language differences or the quality of the communication channel.[1] Such spelling alphabets are often called “phonetic alphabets”, but they are unrelated to phonetic transcription systems such as the International Phonetic Alphabet.

The 26 code words in the spelling alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet in alphabetical order as follows: Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

Now that you understand where we’re starting from, let’s play.

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  • A as in Aisle
  • B as in Bdellium
  • C as in Czar
  • D as in Djakarta
  • E as in Etc
  • F as in Pharoah
  • G as in Gif
  • H as in Herb
  • I as in I Know How To Speak Just Fine You Just Don’t Know How To Listen Obviously
  • J as in Fjord
  • K as in Knight
  • L as in Elephant
  • M as in Mnemonic
  • N as in Knee
  • O as in Odontoglossum Odoratum Orchid
  • P as in Pneumonic
  • Q as in Qat
  • R as in Wrinkle
  • S as in Psalm
  • T as in Pterodactyl
  • U as in Uranium Based Compound
  • V as in Vicious Viscous Viscount Vole
  • W as in Wrench
  • X as in X
  • Y as in Why
  • Z as in Zygodactylous

Enjoy!