The Tina Fey movie which opened last week uses a bit of polite scatology for the title: In the phonetic alphabet it stands for "what the fuck" which is an expression indicating total surprise. Actually, some other militarily-derived polite scatological expressions have crept into everyday usage. There's B.S., and you can figure that one out.
Actually, L.S.U. awarded me a B.S. degree too. Or maybe there's a connection. Psych majors get no respect.
Anyway, here's the military phonetic alphabet:
A - Alpha N - November
B - Bravo O - Oscar
C - Charlie P - Papa
D - Dog Q - Quebec
E - Easy R - Romeo
F - Foxtrot S - Sierra
G - Golf T - Tango
H - Hotel U - Uniform
I - Iota V - Victor
J - Juliet W - Whiskey
K - Kilo X - X-ray
L - Lima Y - Yankee
M - Mike Z - Zulu
Just to confuse people, you can use phonetic letters for other terms besides scatological ones. How about Hotel Charlie for "holy cow."
We could politely express old Army acronyms: Sierra November Alpha Foxtrot Uniform
Foxtrot Uniform Bravo Alpha Romeo, etc. Anyway, those acronyms were themselves ways of somewhat politely engaging in scatology. And, likewise, some new slang:
Do you have a place in your heart for Sierra Lima Uniform Tango? At least this might help further correct spelling.
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