Where did the term "roger" (for pilots) originate?

Roger is a word used in one prominent radio alphabet to stand for the letter R. These alphabets use words to represent letters; such alphabets are known as "radio alphabets" or "phonetic alphabets," among other names, and are used for many different languages. The alphabet in which Roger stands for R begins "Able Baker Charlie Dog...," and was the official radio alphabet of the U.S. Navy before 1954. Another familiar alphabet, the NATO phonetic alphabet, which is used by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Federal Aviation Administration, begins "Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta"; this alphabet uses Romeo for R. There is a page devoted to these alphabets here.

The R that Roger is substituting for stands for received, indicating that a radio message has been received and understood. The use of radio-alphabet terms to stand for other words is common in the military; roger is a well-known example, and another example is Charlie referring to Viet Cong troops, which comes from Victor Charlie, a radio-alphabet spelling of VC for Viet Cong.

Wilco is not from a radio alphabet; it's a military abbreviation for will comply, indicating that a message that has been received will be complied with. It's necessary to acknowledge receipt of a message with Roger before indicating compliance with wilco, hence the frequent combination Roger, wilco.

Both Roger in this sense and wilco appear for the first time during World War II Source(s):
morse code for affirmative was an "r"
R in phonetic alphabet (a=alpha b=bravo) was roger "roger" is the spoken word for the letter "R"; roger is used to mean "received".

Roger = R
Alpha = A The word "Roger" is a term meaning "message received and understood" used in radio communications. The letter R - the initial of "Received" in the phonetic alphabet used to be "Roger". In 1956 the NATO alphabet was adopted and the initial R was now phonetically called "Romeo". However, the word Roger had becoome so well known and widely used that its use for "received" stuck. Ask Yahoo! had a great description of why "roger" means "OK."

I believe I read something about that and it said that the first guy who said it was talking to a guy named Roger. a guy named roger was flying the plane? The word is used in radio communications to indicate receipt of a message. From around 1938 it was the military phonetic for the letter "R" abbreviation for "Received," later replaced by "Romeo."

In the old days of radio when Morse code was still used, radiomen used the letter "R", dot dash dot (di-dah-dit) as a quick way to transmit acknowledgement of transmissions or as a "yes." When voice radiotelephony was developed, the old radiomen stuck to the "R" as meaning yes. Since the phonetic alphabet for "R" then was Roger, the carryover was a natural logical development.

It is still used today in military parlance to acknowledge the receipt of a command or orders, i.e. "Roger, returning to base" or "Roger, Wilco." With the widespread use of cell phones and SMS (short messaging services) or "text" messaging, Roger is slowly being replaced by "K" for OK outside of military use. Naval based the usage of the term "roger" dates back to the World War 2
...it stands for the letter "R" in the phonetic alphabet...it was an abbreviation for "RECEIVED" and eventually bcame radiospeaks as "OK" or "I UNDERSTAND"...c'on man...check the link out...i'm tired in typing u know...[wink][wink] when graham bell invented telephone..arter they said hello.they said roger please bring me my wine...and roger replied.roger...thats it/... ROGER, in the meaning of “Yes, O.K., I understand you,” is voice code for the letter R. It is part of the “Able, Baker, Charlie” code known and used by all radiophone operators in the services. From the earliest days of wireless communication, the Morse code letter R (dit-dah-dit) has been used to indicate “OK—understood.” So “Roger” was the logical voice-phone equivalent. Incidentally according to the “Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins” by William and Mary Morris(Harper Collins, New York, 1977, 1988). ROGER -- "in the meaning of 'Yes, O.K., I understand you -- is voice code for the letter R. It is part of the 'Able, Baker, Charlie' code known and used by all radiophone operators in the services in the 40's - 50's.

From the earliest days of wireless communication, the Morse code letter R (dit-dah-dit) has been used to indicate 'O.K. -- understood.' So 'Roger' was the logical voice-phone equivalent." Also from “I Hear America Talking” by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976).“Roger! A code word used by pilots to mean ‘your message received and understood’ in response to radio communications; later it came into general use to mean ‘all right, OK.’ Roger was the radio communications morse code word for the letter R, which in this case represented the word ‘received.’ ‘Roger Wilco’ was the reply to ‘Roger’ from the original transmitter of the radio message, meaning ‘I have received your message that you have received my message and am signing off.” Wilco implies "I will comply" white tiger has the best answer, so I will not add further except to say that in addition to a word indicating the affirmative, Roger has evolved into a verb. Thank you for this question. I learned something new today. the airplane movie Maybe it was a gay pilot calling his boyfriend. "Roger! Roger! Where are you".

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