Years ago, when I told my parents a co-worker's 13-year-old daughter had V.D., my father harumphed and said, "I'll bet she smokes, too."
Trust me, he wasn't at all amused by how hard my mother and I laughed at the absurdity of his response.
See, he thought I said T.B.
Too bad we didn't use the PHONETIC ALPHABET.
Because many letters sound so similar, usage of a standard phonetic alphabet alleviates misconceptions and clarifies communications. Radio conditions aren't always ideal, and the accuracy of messages, especially following a disaster, can be of vital importance. The international phonetic alphabet used by amateur radio operators follows:
(So, that young girl had victor delta, NOT tango bravo.)