It might be. At least according to this post by Dan Nosowitz in Atlas Obscura
To help clarify: A spelling alphabet is “a set of words used to stand for the letters of an alphabet” when we’re asked by banks, catalog companies, and others to do things like spell out our names. According to Mr. Nosowitz, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard is “probably the best-known spelling alphabet: Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, and so on.” But he also points out there are others, often based on place names and given names.
But there’s a problem Mr. Nosowitz argues. The accepted spelling alphabets have pretty much “calcified” since the 1960’s. And he claims “here we are, in 2019, with an actual need for a new one.” However, as he makes clear in his article, creating new standards won’t be easy!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.