What did you say? I didn't hear you! You're breaking up. Our connection is bad! Can you call me back? If you've ever been a part of communication where one of these phrases was uttered, you know how disruptive and frustrating it can be to make sure you got the message correctly. Did you ever play the "Telephone Game" when you were younger? In short, you'd sit in a circle or row with a phrase being whispered to the first person, who then had to relay it to the next, and so on and so forth, until it reached the last participant. A phrase that may have started as, "Make me a pancake!" could wind up sounding like "Maybe he's at the lake!"
Things get lost in translation; that's just the way it goes. That's why the military, and the worldwide military alliance known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (or NATO), adopted one alphabet by which it can communicate. This helps to eliminate misspoken or misheard words because everything is using the Sierra Alpha Mike Echo ... SAME language! The International Civil Aviation Organization actually created the language to help unify and simplify communications.
So, we know you already know your regular alphabet, but how well do you know NATO's military alphabet? Take the simplest, hardest quiz you may ever experience by matching letters A to Z with their corresponding code words. Just Whiskey India November! (Did you get it?!)