Non Phonetic alphabet

Ever get a call from s scammer or annoying telemarketer?  Don’t hang up, give them fake information.  When you need to spell something, make it harder.  Instead of “A as in Alpha, X as in X-Ray” say “A as in are, X as in xenon”.

 

Here’s a list of possibilities.  There are more than one option for each letter.  Hopefully they get confused and you need to elaborate.  “No, No, not ‘r’, A as in Aisle, A as in Aural.”

There are several tricks here.  One is to use homophones like Hour, Our, Are; best used together in the same word.  Some are a reference to a different thing that is non-obvious until explained like saying sleep when you mean “ZZZ”.  Another is silent letter like “Gnat”.  The most common is non-phonetic consonant combinations like “Chasm”.

 

  • A
    • Aisle
    • Aural
    • Aye
    • Are
  • B
    • Bee
  • C
    • Cue
    • Czar — Zar
    • Cede
    • Charisma
    • Chasm
    • Champagne
    • Chablis
    • Celery
    • Chorus
    • Chimera
  • D
    • Djibouti — Ji booty
    • Djakarta
    • Django
    • Djinn
    • Djembe — Jim Bay — a traditional drum like a large bongo
  • E
    • Eye
    • Ewe
    • Earn
    • Earl
    • Euro
    • Eight
    • Eileen
    • Eunuch
    • Euphrates
    • Eucalyptus
    • Euthanasia
  • F
    • For
    • Fizz — make a “fizzing” sound
  • G
    • Gnat
    • Gnarl
    • Gnome
    • Genre
  • H
    • Hour
    • Herb
    • Heir
    • Honor
    • Honest
    • Hors d’oeuvre
  • I
    • Isle
    • Ian
    • Illegal — Ee-Legal
  • J
    • Juan
    • Javier
    • Jalapeño
  • K
    • Know
    • Knee
    • Kneel
    • Knife
    • Knead
    • Knight
    • Potassium — chemical symbol is “K”
  • L
    • British pounds
    • Like public transport trains in Chicago
    • Listen
  • M
    • Mnemonic
    • Me
  • N
    • No
    • Nit
    • Neil
  • O
    • One
    • Our
    • Owe
    • Ouija
    • Oedipus
    • Oestrogen
  • P
    • Phlegm
    • Phonetic
    • Pneumonia
    • Pneumatic
    • Pterodactyl
    • Phlegm
    • Psalms
    • Urine — gotta go Pee
  • Q
    • Qatar — Kutar
    • Quiche — Keesh
    • Quay — Kway
  • R
    • Like a Pirate — Arrrrrrrrr!
    • Rwanda
    • Roar — make a “Roar” sound
  • S
    • Sea
    • Scent
    • Sealing
    • Sheik — Shake
  • T
    • Tsunami
    • Tsar — Zar
    • Teepee
  • U
    • Umlaut
    • Urn
    • Uvula
  • V
    • Vroom — make a “Vroom” sound
    • 5 in roman numerals
  • W
    • Why
    • Won
    • Whole
    • Write
    • Wrap
    • Wring
    • Wrinkle
    • Wrong
    • Wrestle
    • Wagner — Vagner, the German composer
  • X
    • Xenon
    • Xerxes
    • Xenophobe
    • Xylophone
    • Xiphoid process
    • Xena Warrior Princess
  • Y
    • You
    • Ypsilanti
    • Yvonne
    • Yttrium
  • Z
    • ZZZ — Pronounced “Sleep”
    • Zwieback
    • Zsa  Zsa Gabor
    • Zero
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