No doubt in some program or another you’ve heard military personnel/ spies/ special operations operatives communicate using “phonetic alphabets” meaning saying a word beginning with the intended letter so the letter is not misheard –especially with significant background noise or dodgy communication channels with static and what not.
I got curious and it turns out indeed, there are loads of different variations used regionally, in different militaries / organization or different purposes/ services.
What follows is mostly screen captures and random images harvested off the Internet (wikipedia etc for research/ resource/ education/amusement purposes only.
In other words, I didn’t create any of these images, and I wasn’t diligent enough to keep track of where they came from, but I keep on wondering about these things so I’m stashing them here so I can find one I’m curious. Maybe you are also curious.
So consider this a clearinghouse of mostly outdated, irrelevant or redundant information which you could easily obtain elsewhere.
This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.
But you must have had a good time writing it. We’d been practicing for about three months. We were waiting to sign to DGC, and Dave [Grohl] and I were living in Olympia [Wash.], and Krist [Novoselic] was living in Tacoma [Wash.]. We were driving up to Tacoma every night for practice, trying to write songs. I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it [smiles]. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band – or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.
“Teen Spirit” was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff or “Louie, Louie.” When I came up with the guitar part, Krist looked at me and said, “That is so ridiculous.” I made the band play it for an hour and a half.