The World's Worst Spelling Alphabet
As sort of an exercise in absurdity, I decided to construct the worst possible spelling (or 'phonetic') alphabet, one that would cause the maximum confusion if used over the radio or with someone not entirely familiar with English. It wasn't as easy as it might seem, since for every letter like 'h' that is conveniently silent in many words, there's one like 'r' that sticks stubbornly to its sound. When all else failed, even foreign loan words, I picked something funny. Here's the full list, with links to their pronunciation where available.