Ever wonder why people say “Roger” to indicate that they understood what you said? No? Tough, because I’m gonna tell you anyway.
The tradition has its roots in the military. Back in the days of World War II, Morse Code operators used the letter “R” to indicate that they received (get it?) the last message. “Roger” is simply the letter R’s voice code equivalent.
At least it was. “Roger” was part of the phonetic alphabet used by the U.S. military, but around 1956, things changed. These days, “R” is represented by “Romeo.” Similarly, “B” is now “bravo” instead of “baker,” “Z” is “zulu” instead of “zebra,” and so on. And even then, the words vary by region, country, and military branch.
Still, while “roger” is no longer the official phoentic word for “R,” it is still commonly used both in the military by civilians to let a person know that you are totally clued into whatever they just said. Copy?
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