Was it PC Barnum who said something about overestimating the average....ahem.
I know that 60% of Americans can't name one Supreme Court justice, but you really don't think they can handle this?
The NATO phonetic alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu
And any cop will tell you R is for ROBERT not ROMEO
Why is that? It's not macho to say Romeo? If I'm sinking, I'll be yelling Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?, if it will bring the Calvary!
Using phonetics outside of trained and practice radio operators is a fast way to create a dog's dinner. Now, the boat name, that they usually know by heart. Not always, but usually. So it is faster and more effective. It really is that simple.
Really? Well apparently things just got really complicated. I just figured out we are supposed to say both! Now I've done it, sorry!