60 years ago this month they invented the ‘NATO Phonetic Alphabet’.
Yes, you DO know what that is . . . It’s the one you’re meant to use when you’re spelling something out on the phone. It starts:
A – Alpha, B – Bravo, C – Charlie, D – Delta etc. etc.
Which got me thinking about alternative alphabets . . . like:
The Cockney Alphabet, which starts:
A for Horses (as in hay for horses)
B for Mutton (that’s ‘beef or mutton’)
C for Miles (yes, you’ve guessed – ‘see for miles’) . . .
My favourite is
X for Breakfast (no, I’m not working that one out for you).
Meanwhile, I’m currently inventing:
The Contemporary Alphabet!
A is for Apple
B is for Bluetooth
C is for Computer
D is for Download
And I then thought I’d start my own ‘personal’ alphabet using some of my favourite things:
The Cas Lester Alphabet:
A is for avocado . . . no apple crumble, no wait . . . apricot Danish pastry.
B is for books, books, books.
C is for cake, no make that chocolate. Hang on, OK, got it, C is for chocolate cake.
D is for dogs – well, my dog mostly, but she’s called Bramble, so should that be:
B is for Bramble or
B is for Blimey, this is harder than I thought – I wish I’d called her Deefer!
Check out how good you are at the NATO Phonetic Alphabet with these quizzes: