Today’s prompt is brought to us by Lady Lee Manila from the blog of the same name. Her prompt for today is echo.
Echo is the NATO phonetic alphabet‘s word for the letter “e.” When you spell something out for another person, especially when it’s over the phone or Skype or the radio, it’s usually useful to use a word for each letter. On the phone, if I spell my name “aych oh ell tee oh en,” the “tee” could sound like “dee” and the “en” could sound like “em,” and my name would show up as Holdom. On the other hand, if I spell it “hotel oscar lima tango oscar november,” there’s no mistake, unless the person doesn’t know the NATO spelling alphabet, in which case it’s better to say “h as in hotel, o as in oscar, l as in lima, t as in tango, o as in oscar, n as in november.” Technical folk like me would read addresses and values off of hexadecimal listings (better known as “dumps,” which I think I called “computer vomit” yesterday) that way, e.g. “what’s the value at 1-alpha-6-9-bravo-foxtrot?” for the value at machine location 1A69BF.
The NATO phonetic alphabet is officially called the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, and is also called the ICAO phonetic alphabet. It was the basis for my first A to Z Challenge in April 2012. This year is the tenth year of the Challenge, which most of you probably already know. I’ve been a co-host for the Challenge for a few years now (I think this is my 4th year) and it’s the highlight of my blogging year. A lot of you take part in this abecedarian challenge every April, and I encourage all of you to join us.
And now here’s Dick Van Dyke with a word about the Kodak Handle camera.
stolen borrowed from Polaroid…