The police, military, air traffic controllers, and their affiliated services use portable radios as the main communication channel. And the technology of radio communication is imperfect – often the conversation is wedged in by interference created by various devices or natural phenomena. Therefore, to make sure that the interlocutors understand each other correctly, special Walkie-talkie Lingo have been developed. In particular – a special phonetic alphabet, in which each letter is replaced by a name, as well as a system of conditional words, each of which has its meaning, different from the literal one. As you probably guessed, roger is one such word.
Roger in walkie-talkie: meaning
The pivotal word in conversation is the word “receive”. It means that the transmit was successfully transferred from the sender. So that, the letter “R” was the most important.
When Morse code was replaced by two-way radio communication, the military and pilots switched to it. It took a phonetic notation for "accepted." But why is the word "roger" chosen and not the word "received" itself?
It's simple: for someone who doesn't know English well, this word is hard to read and hard to pronounce.
How did Roger come to walkie-talkie language?
Roger became the designation for the letter R in 1927 when the International Telecommunication Union developed the first phonetic alphabet. According to the military phonetic dictionary, this is the letter "r", the first letter of the word received, and it is used to mean "accepted." Perhaps they said "received", but the world "popularity" was gained by that very Roger after 1943. Why? Well, it’s quite easy: many nations participated the World War II, and many soldiers spoke English badly. The word “received” was difficult for them to hear and pronounce.
In 1957, it was replaced by "Romeo", but the old habits and traditions are stronger. Therefore, you can find two options.
There is also the phrase "Roger Wilco". "wilco" comes from "will comply" – will be done. In the end: accepted, following the instructions. Although they usually just say "wilco".
There is also the phrase "roger dodger", which means an elusive person who has "swerved" from responsibility, and who is also easily given everything. Such a phrase was answered on the radio by one American pilot. After interfering with the air of the naval officer, they say you can't answer that way and that he will be punished, the pilot added "roger dodger you old codger. I'm a Commander too".
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