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Old September 21st 03, 04:34 PM
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NATO phonetic alphabet
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The NATO phonetic alphabet was developed in the 1950s to be intelligible
(and pronounceable) to all NATO allies in the heat of battle. It replaced
other phonetic alphabets, for example the US military Joint Army/Navy
Phonetic Alphabet ("able baker") and several versions of RAF phonetic
alphabets. It is sometimes inappropriately referred to as International
Phonetic Alphabet, which is actually the official name of an alphabet used
in linguistics created in the late nineteeth century.

The NATO phonetic alphabet is now widely used in business and
telecommunications in Europe and North America, and has been approved by
ICAO for use in international civil aviation. It has been adopted by the
International Telegraphers Union (ITU), after which it is named by many
radio operators. Although it consists of English words, its letter codewords
can easily be recognised by speakers of languages other than English.

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