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    Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Hi,
    Why "pen" and "book", not other words?

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    #2

    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Other words can be used - and frequently are.

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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Are you talking about words we use to make sure our listener knows which letter we need them to write? If so, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of options. We don't all use the same words.

    My name is Peter Parker. That's "P" for pen/piano/planet/pumpkin/porridge/pancake etc at the start of my surname.

    (Most people won't have any trouble spelling Peter, but they could mishear Parker as Barker.)

    Of course, there is the standard NATO phonetic alphabet which some of us use in all situations.

    A: What's your name?
    B: Sylvia Plonnetti
    A: Can you spell that for me please?
    B: Sierra, Yankee, Lima, Victor, Indigo, Alpha. Then Papa, Lima, Oscar, November, November, Echo, Tango, Tango, Indigo.
    A: Thanks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Here's the full list:


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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Why to use a list to spell my name? Why not just say the letters.
    Instead of saying "Sierra, Yankee, Lima,", Why not just say "S, Y, L"?

    Why is there a list if the problem is only with letters "B" and "P"?

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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    That's not the only problem. People frequently mix up S/F, P/B/V/D, D/E, M/N, especially when spelling words or names over the phone. By using the phonetic alphabet, the listener is left in no doubt as to which letter is required.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    The number nine is pronounced niner in aviation and military contexts. Some sticklers pronounce five as fife but you won't hear that in American civilian circles much. This distinguishes nine from five.
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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The number nine is pronounced niner in aviation and military contexts. Some sticklers pronounce five as fife but you won't hear that in American civilian circles much. This distinguishes nine from five.

    And "three" is pronounced "tree".

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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    And "three" is pronounced "tree".
    I forgot that one. In my experience, it isn't done in civilian circles.
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    Re: Why is it said "b" for "book", and "p" for "pen"?

    I've often heard it over airband radio and also use that pronunciation myself. But it depends very much on where you are and who is talking.

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