Greek spelling alphabet

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The Greek spelling alphabet is a spelling alphabet (or "phonetic alphabet") for Greek, i.e. a set of names given to the alphabet letters for the purpose of spelling out words. It is used mostly on radio voice channels by the Greek army, the navy and the police.

Motivation[edit]

The names for Greek letters are easily confused in noisy conditions; potential collisions include:

  • víta, zíta, íta, thíta
  • épsilon, ípsilon
  • mi, ni
  • pi, xi, phi, chi, psi

The spelling alphabet[edit]

Letter letter name spelling name meaning of word
Α, α álpha αστήρ astír ('star')
Β, β víta Βύρων Výron ('Byron')
Γ, γ gámma γαλή galí ('cat')
Δ, δ délta δόξα dóxa ('glory')
Ε, ε épsilon Ερμής Ermís ('Hermes')
Ζ, ζ zíta Ζεύς[1] Zeús ('Zeus')
Η, η íta Ηρώ Iró ('Hero')
Θ, θ thíta θεά theá ('goddess')
Ι, ι ióta ίσκιος ískios ('shadow')
Κ, κ káppa κενόν kenón ('blank')
Λ, λ lámbda λάμα láma ('blade')
Μ, μ mi μέλι méli ('honey')
Ν, ν ni ναός naós ('church')
Ξ, ξ xi Ξέρξης Xérxis ('Xerxes')
Ο, ο ómicron οσμή osmí ('smell')
Π, π pi Πέτρος Pétros ('Peter')
Ρ, ρ rho ρήγας rígas ('king')
Σ, σ, -ς sígma σοφός sofós ('wise')
Τ, τ táf τίγρης tígris ('tiger')
Υ, υ ípsilon ύμνος ímnos ('hymn')
Φ, φ phi Φωφώ fofó ('α female diminutive name')
Χ, χ chi χαρά hará ('joy')
Ψ, ψ psi ψυχή psihí ('soul')
Ω, ω oméga ωμέγα oméga ('the last letter of the Greek alphabet')

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alternative Police variant "Ζωή" (Zoí)

Further reading[edit]