NATO alphabet

#1
I heard a rumour that due to "PC"ness Z is changing from "Zulu" to "Zebra". Is someone being wound up here? :?
 
#2
b0ll0x - Zulu is not a derogatory word but a name of a race of people. Are they going to change India as well? Or maybe the peoples of Lima will get on the bandwagon and try and get that changed to lentil? :roll:
 
#3
Poppy said:
I heard a rumour that due to "PC"ness Z is changing from "Zulu" to "Zebra". Is someone being wound up here? :?
I doubt it will change, certainly not to Zebra. A major point of the International Phonetic alphabet (correction: international radiotelephony spelling alphabet) is that there is only one way to pronounce each word. If you think how Americans pronounce zee-bra as opposed to zeb-ra I doubt it would be considered suitable.
 
#4
Prior to the adoption of the NATO phonetic alphabet, both the UK and the US used Zebra for Z. I doubt there's anything in this rumour.
 
#5
#6
Wait till the yanks ´americanise´the battle at Rourkes Drift......Zeeeluuus Sir............thousands(or Ks for the yuppie version) of them!!

I´ll get my coat...........
 
#7
You could be right "SOS" on a desert beach and be missed...

You would learn "MORSE CODE"..... and scream "CW"....and hope for the best.


Lots of SAS men got lost in Nepal not to long ago...."Everest"...
I Had to go with the "yanks" as the Chinese did not trust the Brits!!!!

All solved by 28 Sqn FAF!!!!!! = Wessex.......
Date/Time..= shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
 
#8
boris7 said:
You could be right "SOS" on a desert beach and be missed...

You would learn "MORSE CODE"..... and scream "CW"....and hope for the best.


Lots of SAS men got lost in Nepal not to long ago...."Everest"...
I Had to go with the "yanks" as the Chinese did not trust the Brits!!!!

All solved by 28 Sqn FAF!!!!!! = Wessex.......
Date/Time..= shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
And tonight's special award for "Most random person on the Internet" goes to...
 
#9
not to me...

Simply because this happened before you wore uniform!!!!!! 8)
 
#10
boris that last one stinks of Caubeen, are you sure you didnt throw a message in latin down mount everest to the waiting general to rescue said SAS men.
 

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#16
catterick_commando said:
And an APC after the troops dismounted used to be designated 'zulu'.................until the warrior replaced the 432!
Any vehicle where the commander had dismounted was a Zulu.
 
#18
The reason the Phonetic alphabet is as it stands is because - assuming you have knowledge of all of the alphabetical words - even during difficult radio working conditions you will never mistake one word for another as they are all distinct phonetically.

I shall now go and eagerly await my "most boring post on the internet today" award.

Will it fit through the Letterbox :?
 
#19
Heedthebaw said:
The reason the Phonetic alphabet is as it stands is because - assuming you have knowledge of all of the alphabetical words - even during difficult radio working conditions you will never mistake one word for another as they are all distinct phonetically.

I shall now go and eagerly await my "most boring post on the internet today" award.

Will it fit through the Letterbox :?
'BRAVO' Heed, well spotted.
 

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