You must have heard phrases like “Roger that”, “Copy that” or “Over and out” at least a few times in your life. Perhaps it was from someone who served in the military or even on TV or in a film. Have you ever thought about the origins of these strange phrases? Or wonder what people mean when they say What’s your twenty?”
The conversations going on inside military headsets may sound Greek to an outsider, while other phrases have made it into our everyday lives. Even if you’ve never been in the military or relied upon radio communication, learning the lingo can help you in some of the most unexpected situations.
The word “Roger” is part of the phonetic alphabet, which was used back in WWII. At that time, clear radio communication was highly important for the majority of military maneuvers.
Misunderstanding an order could amount to disaster. …