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Aug 31, 2006

"A" as in "Amusement"

Amuse "A" as in "Apple".  "B" as in "Boy".  Etc.

You know those useful little ways to indicate what letter you're actually saying when you're talking on the phone?  I've never memorized the canon of right words for these, but I usually do OK.  Right up until I bumbled into a choice more confusing than I meant.

But what if I meant it?

For your pleasure and maybe someone else's displeasure, some options:

A as in Audience (or maybe Afferent)

C as in Caesar (or Cthulu or maybe the Boston Celtics)

E as in Eulogy (or Elicit, Effete, Emetic, or Excel.  Or maybe even Euchre.)

G as in Enough (or Gnostic or Gnome or Germane)

I as in Island (just for the fun of it)

K as in Karat (or Know-it-all)

L as in Llewellyn

M as in Mnemonic

N as in Enmity

P as in Plenipotentiary

Q as in Qat

R as in Rappahannock

S as in Scent (or maybe Sent)

T as in Tsetse Fly (or Tsk Tsk)

U as in Uvula

W as in Wafer Thin (or Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home)

X as in X-husband (or Xta)

Y as in Why Not?

Z as in Adze (or Zamboni, which my cousin Dennis has driven).

Tee hee.

Image from FLoW

p.s.  if Dave is bored at work he can type out the alphabet story of the German and Japanese guys at the bar talking about an electronics supplier.   Or maybe about the time he got to illustrate "uvula" for a bunch of Pictionary players.  Or maybe not.

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Comments

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Posted by: Phil | Aug 31, 2006 3:27:13 PM

W as in Wafer Thin (or Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home)

heh.

I say "s as in sam" and "f as in frank" every single day.

Posted by: pinky | Aug 31, 2006 3:45:52 PM

The official police list is all first names, if I recall correctly. Not quite as exciting as your list. :)

Posted by: alicia | Aug 31, 2006 4:06:34 PM

I keep meaning to memorize the NATO phonetic alphabet (although I didn't know it was called that until now):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_phonetic_alphabet

I also enjoy using "P as in Pterodactyl."

Posted by: Homer | Sep 1, 2006 9:28:15 PM

I just make these up every single time I need to use them, and I always have to pause a bit so I don't use a dirty word or double entendre. I like the Z for Zamboni, though if you're British, zed is much less ambigous sounding than zee which is easily confused with see, bee or tee.

Posted by: marianne | Sep 3, 2006 12:09:35 PM

you so have to read this!!

http://community.livejournal.com/customers_suck/18432190.html

Posted by: pinky | Sep 5, 2006 10:45:00 PM

"Asshat". I love that word.

Posted by: Phil | Sep 6, 2006 1:23:24 AM