peasDespite advances in modern technology, miscommunication can still often occur. So, the next time you need to spell something out over the phone or some other voice-chat, try using the NATO phonetic alphabet (aka the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet). Developed in the 1950s, this is a system of assigned code words to the letters of the English alphabet that can be pronounced and understand by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of language barriers or the presence of transmission static.

Alfa November
Bravo Oscar
Charlie Papa
Delta Quebec
Echo Romeo
Foxtrot Sierra
Golf Tango
Hotel Uniform
India Victor
Juliett Whiskey
Kilo X-ray
Lima Yankee
Mike Zulu