Phonetically correct sports

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Mar 15 16:27:55 UTC 2007

Jim Parish wrote:

> Completely off-the-wall suggestion: could it be that "Golf" is one of the
> words in the other International Phonetic Alphabet - the one that begins (I
> think) "Able, Baker, Charlie"?

You have it, I think. There was me thinking the question setter was just
plain ignorant, when it was actually a trick question.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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