For those that don’t know, I play a lot of Call of Duty in my spare time and I take it pretty seriously. Part of how serious the clan takes it is that we have to use the NATO alphabet, silly I know.
Another place I had to know it was when I worked in the parts department of a local repair garage. We needed to know the NATO alphabet for reading off the number plates of vehicles and different codes.
You will know how frustrating it can be when you’re on the phone with somebody and you’re trying to give your postcode. Some letters, over the phone, can be mistaken for other letters.
I remember when I was growing up I would hear my mum on the phone saying ‘P for pizza’. It took me a long time before I learnt that P is not for pizza but it worked for her.
In basic terms, it is an alphabet system that replaces letters with words. It was first used by the military as a way to clearly communicate over the static and other loud noises around them.