Phonetic alphabets

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Dec 5 23:58:51 UTC 2004

On Dec 3, 2004, at 3:36 PM, Mark A. Mandel wrote:

> ...Anyway, it reminds me of the following dialogue, which I'm sure has
> never
> occurred. I hope. If THAT could happen...
> --------
> Directory Assistance, may I help you?
> Yes, please, I'd like the number of the Caseway Insurance Company.
> Would you please spell that?
> Certainly. That's
>         C as in cue
>         A as in are
>         S as in sea
>         E as in eye
>         W as in why
>         A as in aye
>         Y as in you
> (pause) One moment, please, while I connect you to my supervisor.

i've actually used the following, the ungulate spelling for my last
name (which is notoriously troublesome, so much so that i've been using
pseudonyms for decades):

Z as in zebra
W as in water buffalo
I as in ibex
C as in cow
K as in kudu
Y as in yak

arnold (a.k.a. alexander adams)

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