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Phonetically Balanced Sentences

“These days, a chicken leg is a rare dish” might sound like an odd thing to observe, but during World War II, it was among dozens of phonetically balanced sentences devised by researchers for testing cockpit transmissions and headphones...

arc

arc  v.— «An incoming flight from Chennai (9W-470) requested priority landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, when window No 2 on the left side of the cockpit (near the commander’s seat) started cracking— “arcing” in...

burnt toast

burnt toast  n.— «Smoke in the cockpit is so common that pilots even have a name for it: “burnt toast.” Usually a pilot can find the source of the smoke and get rid of it—much like unplugging the toaster at home—but if not...

box office

box office n. jocularly, the cockpit of an airplane piloted by a woman. Editorial Note: The joke quoted in the second 2002 citation is widespread and has been recycled by a number of people who have claimed it for their own or published it in joke...

box office

box office  n.— «There are swept tip designs that lessen the factors contributing to noise and some noise canceling technology has been tested inside the cockpit (or “box office” if it’s a female crew [g]).» —“Re: Silent...