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Thank you @marcsand2 for the in-depth write up.

 
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When trying to spell your RSI handle, "Ennn for Mancy" is going to get you kicked, instead, use this:

In regards to the phonetic alphabet I tend not to say "Zulu" as in certain circumstances it's racially insensitive and/or confusing (For instance it's very confusing when you are battling Zulu Warriors at Rorke's Drift), so say "Zebra" instead because sod zebras.
 
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In regards to the phonetic alphabet I tend not to say "Zulu" as in certain circumstances it's racially insensitive and/or confusing (For instance it's very confusing when you are battling Zulu Warriors at Rorke's Drift), so say "Zebra" instead because sod zebras.
Zulu is not a race, and so it cannot be racially insensitive to use it in the context of a phonetic alphabet. Another example, one that is actually used as an ethnic slur by most of the globe, including half of the USA (and everyone outside of New York in some contexts): Yankee appears in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Do you know that every time you use "Yankee" to refer to Americans, that you are offending almost 1/3 of them, and the other half think you're giving them a compliment? (... "new math"). It's a low level offence, except don't call a Texan by the term "Yankee" unless they speak like they come from New York or Boston.
 

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Zulu is not a race, and so it cannot be racially insensitive to use it in the context of a phonetic alphabet. Another example, one that is actually used as an ethnic slur by most of the globe, including half of the USA (and everyone outside of New York in some contexts): Yankee appears in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Do you know that every time you use "Yankee" to refer to Americans, that you are offending almost 1/3 of them, and the other half think you're giving them a compliment? (... "new math"). It's a low level offence, except don't call a Texan by the term "Yankee" unless they speak like they come from New York or Boston.
Thanks, always keen to lean when I am offending cultures.

What should I replace Yankee with? I'm thinking perhaps Yvonne?
 

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Actually that sounds like E, so no go. It has to be unambiguous.
Wait a sec... newborn baby.... What is the baby's name? Would it start with "Y"?
Sadly not but that sounded like a great plan! 🙂
 

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Yankee is fine. It's not calling someone a Yankee, it's denoting the letter Y, just like Zulu represents the letter Z, and Quebec represents the letter for Q. The words were chosen because they are easy to hear and comprehend what letter you are trying to use, even over staticy comms.

Times you might want to substitute exist in some circumstances. For instance, in the Atlanta airport, D is called David because Delta Airlines has a significant presence in ATL. To prevent any problems with people thinking all Delta flight leave out of concourse D (they don't), they call it David.

Zebra is pronounced differently in different English dialects. Zee-bra vs Zeb-ra (the whole Zee vs Zed thing). Zulu is pronounced the same in all dialects.
 
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