Here's the thing... Seems there are many out there with very rigid ideas about Ham, except for one aspect and that is proper use of the internationally recognized phonetic alphabet. Plenty of hams claim you aren't a ham if you got your license without code, or if you don't use a tube rig it is just an appliance, or - or - or ...endless other qualifications. Yet these same people simply don't use the correct phonetic alphabet. Oh I'm not talking about the casual usage of something cute like 'Whiskey After Sex..." for WA6 because most of us have something along those lines, but not for proper identification, and particularly not when struggling across a very weak signal. What's up with that? They can learn code but not twenty-six words? I'm a pilot and so it is second nature to me, along with the occasional odd pronunciation like Quebec being pronounced K-Bec, and when I hear these no matter how weak the signal I understand the letter being represented. But when I hear "Dragon Slayer Romantic" is that DSR or DR? So my question is - Do you use the proper phonetic alphabet when appropriate and save the cute phrase for casual, or do you never use the proper alphabet?