Why? Well, let's face
it.. there's no dignity in saying "Dog Yeti Nutcase Apple Mother Otter
Otter" on the telephone.
Why NATO? 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 "able baker"
So it's the standard? The NATO Phonetic Alphabet is now widely used in business and
telecommunications in Europe and North America. There are dozens of
other standards in use throughout the world, but then the great thing
about standards is that there are so many to choose from.
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