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TellMeItsNotTrue Thu 09-Feb-17 11:10:25

AIBU to have laughed at this and now be telling you?

I've spent the morning with my sister and while I was there she had to call and chase something up, they asked her for her order number and she read it out to them starting with S for Sea. That made me laugh so I walked out of the room so I didn't distract her, she gave me a dirty look. I walked back in after composing myself to hear her arguing about the order number being wrong, apparently it was too many digits. So the man on the other end of the phone read it back to her "S4C...." which started me off again grin looks like it wasn't just me that heard it that way! The S was the only letter in it as well so he couldn't have realised from her saying F for frog or whatever

Anyway, she is in a huff with me and the useless member of staff who works for that company, WIBU for telling her to lighten up when she was moaning about it?

Does anyone else have any S for Sea type mistakes they have made or heard someone else make? I could do with some more laughing grin

xStefx Thu 09-Feb-17 11:12:18

I had someone once say B for Bum , lol they genuinely couldn't think of another word beginning with B

JonSnowsWhore Thu 09-Feb-17 11:18:20

Not a mistake but me & my friend were having a night in & ordering a take away. Obviously there was an accent barrier & the person was struggling to understand the postcode my friend was giving. All I remember is her sitting on the bed shouting 'no, E, E FOR EGG!' Repeatedly at this man on the phone until he got it. I was in stitches

raffleswinch Thu 09-Feb-17 11:41:52

Ha, classic case of miscommunication where everyone involved thinks everyone else is a moron! :D Made my day grin

ArthurShelbysTash Thu 09-Feb-17 12:00:15

I once had a bloke attempt the phonetic alphabet whilst on the phone to me. "O for 'orrible" he said. Righto.

buckeejit Thu 09-Feb-17 12:06:46

I worked in a call centre years ago & in the first few weeks another new starter who hadn't clearly learned the phonetic? Alphabet couldn't quite think & was confirming to a client & said'c, c for cunt'

Even though everyone else was on calls it resonated around the room!

PamplemousseRouge Thu 09-Feb-17 12:07:23

Hahaaa!!! Love the 'E for egg' story 😂 I'm just imagining it now in my mind!!

PamplemousseRouge Thu 09-Feb-17 12:08:33

Oh my god buckeejit shock

FreezerBird Thu 09-Feb-17 12:16:44

My sister, who very very rarely uses any sort of bad language, was once having a very frustrating call with an unhelpful (as in, actually obstructive rather than a just bit useless) person on the end and in the middle of spelling her surname for what felt like twentieth time finally lost it and said "w for WANKER".

I roared.

WasabiNell Thu 09-Feb-17 12:17:58

My surname has the letter V in it and once at work I went completely blank with the phonetic alphabet when spelling it out and said 'V for vagina' without thinking. Why???

Also I was giving someone my manager's name and said his first name was Vic. They didn't hear me and went 'pardon?' And instead of spelling it I said 'yeah like vic reeves'. They then thought his name was in fact vic reeves and tried to call him that when they were next in.

ProfYaffle Thu 09-Feb-17 12:19:04

Someone at work once memorably said G for horse (as in Gee Gee)

Another person used to be as creative as possible with them "FB, F for fried, B for Badgers" was my personal favourite.

kaitlinktm Thu 09-Feb-17 12:23:30

This is why I have the police alphabet saved on my desktop. grin

GummyGoddess Thu 09-Feb-17 12:23:34

I had a customer yell "It's F for FUCK OFF!" at me and slam the phone down after I repeatedly asked if he was saying S or F because he wouldn't elaborate.

I will never work in a call centre again.

sofiainwonderland Thu 09-Feb-17 12:26:52

Years ago I used to be a receptionist for a dodgy hotel. Some random guy said B for banana, I started laughing so hard, I had to hung up and apologise afterwards saying it got disconnectedsmilesmilesmile

emwithme Thu 09-Feb-17 12:29:09

My Physics Teacher at school told us that he once had a letter addressed to Mr Clark Withernee (instead of Clarke ).

Friend frequently gets letters addressed to Mark Withersea (rather than Marc Surname)

MrsTarzan1 Thu 09-Feb-17 12:30:45

I used to work in a call centre and someone said "F for fag" once grin

harderandharder2breathe Thu 09-Feb-17 12:31:36

I regularly say "B for Bravo" and the customer goes "t for tommy?"

user1485102013 Thu 09-Feb-17 12:32:45

I'm laughing way too much at these and I'm on the bus grin

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Thu 09-Feb-17 12:37:47

dh is very fond of the phonetic alphabet...which is fine, it's his job, but when people spell their names out using it I want to smack them very hard.

Me: Can I take your surname?
Them: Davies
Me: is, or ies?
Them: deltaalphavictorindiaechosierra <man looks's always a man
Me: <wearing a fuck right off and DIE expression> that's IES then.


I make up my own but I have excellent diction and am rarely asked to elaborate if I have to spell anything

ThumbWitchesAbroad Thu 09-Feb-17 12:38:18

Nope, YANBU. I'd have laughed too.

Your sister really needs to think about her phonetic alphabet usage!! grin

Mind you, I have the letter F in my maiden name and I ended up having to say "F for Freddy" or it would always be transcribed as S.

My surname now is a right PITA to spell. I usually have to do it at least twice and half the time it still comes back spelled wrong. <sigh>

Rugbyplayersarehot Thu 09-Feb-17 12:39:15

Ffs I didn't even realise that people used the phonic alphabet or it was a thing.sad

I though it was just used on police dramas. Holy fuck.

I have said all sorts of words.

TipBoov Thu 09-Feb-17 12:40:36

I was once spelling my email address out and said T for tea blush

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Thu 09-Feb-17 12:44:42

I use it all the time. As children we'd sing it like a song when parents were sick of eye spy grin

My favourite was N for knee grin

Sparklingbrook Thu 09-Feb-17 12:45:15

I quite like this.

pocketsaviour Thu 09-Feb-17 12:46:46

Working at a local newspaper back in the 90s, on the BMD column (Births, Marriages, Deaths. Remember them?!)

Most announcements were phoned in, and a colleague took a call for a birth announcement. Of course we would always read and spell the names back very carefully on these announcements.

Baby's name is RUPERT.

Colleague reads back, "So that's R for... rabbit, U for umbrella, P for.... for... Paedophile!"

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