For example: the phonetic alphabet. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
The phonetic alphabet was at one point a subject of much discussion between my sister and I. She knows it because she went to West Point.
I now know it because it seemed like something an American should just know, like the names of all 50 states in alphabetic order. (Thank you, third grade choir).
Now that I know my Alpha-Beta-Charlies, I find myself using them when spelling things on the phone with customer service people. And don’t I just feel all special-ops saying things like “delta” and “echo.” A fun diversion from my otherwise staid lifestyle.
But…wouldn’t it be even better if we mixed it up a bit and made a new phonetic alphabet? And then actually used it?
How about this?
(Preface: most of these are literally what first came to mind when I was trying to think of fun words…I’m sure those inkblot people would have a field day with this).
A-Abracadabra (oh, don’t you just want to say this ALL the time now??)
B-Buckaroo (See above).
C-Cha-Cha (I want to say this with a straight face to someone real soon).
D-Ducky (I think this is because I have babies).
E-Elevensies (The best meal of the day after second breakfast).
F-Fascia (A salute to the kitty we dissected in high school biology; I personally think this is one of the grossest words ever).
G-Gnome (Ha! Love those silent letters. So helpful for spelling over the phone).
H-Hobbit (Oh, come on. You knew it was coming).
I-Ichabod (I admit, this was not my own. I was stuck and asked my friend Jen. She is fantastic).
J-Jugular (My throat hurts just writing this…)
K-Knead (Again, love me some silent letters).
L-Lemming (A nod to the hours of computer games I played when I was ten).
M-Moist (In honor of Hubs! This is one of his least favorite words EVER).
N-Noodling (Legal in only 5 states).
O-Onamonapia (Meow! Bang! Boom!)
P-Pedro (It’s been too long since I’ve seen Napoleon Dynamite).
Q-Qumran (Not to get all geography teacher on you, but we just got back from Israel and I was stuck on Q).
R-Roundabout (To contrast “moist,” this is one of Ryan’s favorite things. Something about efficiency and traffic flow).
S-Snipe (Yes, there was a time when I was, unfortunately, ignorant of snipes. Laugh it up).
T-Triage (Played a key role in the amount of time I had to sit in the ER in college).
U-Unicorn (Because mythical animals are just better).
V-Vacuous (A fantastic word).
W-Wigwam (So fun to say. But, I admit, not off the top of my head; I got stuck and pulled out the dictionary on this one).
X-Xenofuse (A nod to fellow Lanier High School ESL teachers–our team name).
Y-Yehaw (You wish you were from Texas!)
Z-Zapatos (Probably one of the most fun Spanish words to say besides “por supuesto” and “Esperanza”).
Ok, for you brave souls, a challenge: use these when next you have to spell a word to an unsuspecting listener. Then, report back with the results.