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Googling the term that Sally used uncovered the items all right, but I've always heard them simply called police or military call signs or codewords. You don't need to yourself use those NATO codewords when spelling things over the phone though, just use whatever common words come to mind! E.g. Apple, Banana, Carrot, Dog, Elephant, and so on. You can practise by playing the game called Categories - think of animals, or countries, or food, or fruit, or..., and go through the alphabet trying to think of only animals, or countries, etc beginning with each letter of the alphabet. (You can see I had to switch categories in my list because I couldn't easily think of any food beginning with D). If on the other hand you need to practise simply pronouncing the actual sounds of the letters as in the Alphabet Song, then I suggest spelling out initialisms such as (the) BBC, CIA, FBI etc letter by letter.