What do the following organizations have in common:
International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO), North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO), International Telecommunication Union(ITU), International Maritime Organization(IMO), American Federal Aviation Administration(FAA), Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions(ATIS), and the American Radio Relay League(ARRL)?
Yes, you guessed it - the Phonetic Alphabet! The same one that is used by airline pilots, phone support organizations, and HAM radio operators all over the world.
This podcast discusses a topic that seems to be missed in our 'education'. Many times we have a need to clarify a spoken letter via phone, Skype, or other audible means by relating it to a word whose first letter is the letter we are trying to convey.
Next time you need to clarify your 'c' from 'z' or to clarify your 'f' from an 's', try the Internationally recognized words in the chart. They are understood around the world!