In this modern world where computers try to think for us and technology makes us, quite frankly, lazy, we sometimes forget the really useful things that people were still being taught not so long ago.

Phonetic alphabet

What is it?

In short it is a way of reading out letters using words that start with the letter you want. Officially called the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, it was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 1956, and was finally adopted by both British and American military, and radio operators on both sides of the Atlantic in 1965.

Why should you still use it?

Communication may have gotten more ubiquitous, but human hearing and understanding has still remained as prone to mistakes. Reading out short sequences like postcodes and registration plates phonetically help reduce those mistakes. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with the alphabet, even if you can’t remember the whole thing. The next time you have to read your address over the phone, it’ll be worth it to make sure you take-out doesn’t end up next door.


“For everything there is a season”

What is it?

Admittedly this is a bible quote (Ecclesiastes, 3:1 if you’re interested), but it still holds true today. At face value, it means there is an appropriate time for everything. In fact the rest of the verse continues: “A time to plant, and a time to reap;… A time to keep, and a time to cast away” but it can apply to purchasing just as much as the more metaphorical things in life.
Mother nature's watch
Why should you still do it?

It’ll save you money. Seriously. Buying food, especially fruits and vegetables, then they are ‘in season’ means they will be plentiful and thus cheaper. Similarly, you can buy food that is nearing it’s Best Before and freeze it – it’ll be cheaper and extend it’s life. Buying clothes at the end of a season means the stores are more willing the put them in sale in order to get rid of them.

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