Hz so good wrote:
I love randomly using NATO radio codes whenever possible, even at the grocery store or pharmacy. Totally throws the staff off their game.
Sure. And then, to really screw with them, you can intersperse your different frequency ranges. ITU, IEEE, or NATO EW. Go ahead and ask for an antenna with number 8 wiring compatible with L band. It's fun watching the brains explode.
just brew it! wrote:
If there's a period in the middle of something I always say "dot" or "point" depending on context.
I'm always undecided on how far to take this. Certainly the rule doesn't apply to all punctuation. No one says "Eff-dash-twenty-two" for F-22. Then again, the context guidance people use leads me to often saying things like "The strike package with have four 15 ees, two 16 cee jays, and four 10s. The 15s must have 82-vee-1s." Context explains it for anyone who knows what is going on, but I'm dropping letters inconsistently.
At the same time, I'd never say "seven point six two". It's just "seven six two". That illustrates a case with ammunition without a leading zero (like .50 cal). Ditto "five five six". I might (if needed) say "seven six two NATO". The Fokker D.VII is generally pronounced "dee seven", as though the "dot" were a hyphen.
I guess my military time has made me think that periods rarely need to be spoken, if the context doesn't require it.