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Learn the phonetic alphabet

Learn the phonetic alphabet
By stretch | Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 3:18 a.m. UTC How often have you been on one end of a telephone conversation that went like this? A: "Okay, give me the MAC address." B: "Zero zero, zero two, six bee--" A: "Six what?" B: "Bee." ...and so on. The phonetic alphabet is a mapping of individual letters and numbers to specially chosen words which are unlikely to be mistaken for one another (for instance, none of the words in the phonetic alphabet rhyme). About the Author Jeremy Stretch is a network engineer living in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. Comments Dedan (guest) December 31, 2009 at 3:28 a.m. I find this usually identifies the person I am talking to as a veteran. ciscomonkeyDecember 31, 2009 at 3:45 a.m. I do this by habit (former military here). haakon (guest) December 31, 2009 at 3:58 a.m. Using the NATO phonetic alphabet saved me so much frustration when doing first level helpdesk. gabrooksDecember 31, 2009 at 3:58 a.m. alvarezpDecember 31, 2009 at 4:07 a.m.

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