Wednesday, 27 January 2021

voice procedure alphabet

In continuing efforts to reduce transmission errors in signalling and optimise efficiency, we are directed towards a new approach to devising a radiotelephony spelling alphabet (see previously here, here and here) by placing each representative letter-phrase in a context that can be summoned up to make sure interlocutors understand one another. Though a draft version, we can already see its potential for reducing—or perhaps reinforcing—confusion.

A: ANGEL (as in guardian)
B: (picnic) BASKET
(mummy and) DADDY 

With some polishing, we think it could be a viable alternative and did enjoy the observance quite a bit that compared the method to Cockney Rhyming Slang with the example illustrating the convention that the corresponding pet-name is an unvoiced consonance—one’s teeth being ‘Hampsteads’ from Hampstead Heath.