British Slang – Roger
British slang – Roger. What does Roger mean? How about Roger Wilco? Anyone?
I came across this the other day….
From the Dictionary
“Roger” means “I have received all of the last transmission” in both military and civilian aviation radio communications. This usage comes from the initial R of received: R was called Roger in the radio alphabets or spelling alphabets in use by the military at the time of the invention of the radio, such as the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet and RAF phonetic alphabet. It is also often shortened in writing to “rgr”. The word Romeo is used for “R”, rather than “Roger” in the modern international NATO phonetic alphabet.
Contrary to popular belief, Roger does not mean or imply both “received” and “I will comply.” That distinction goes to the contraction wilco (from, “will comply”), which is used exclusively if the speaker intends to say “received and will comply.” Thus, the phrase “Roger Wilco” is both procedurally incorrect and redundant.
Roger is also a short version of the term “Jolly Roger”, which refers to a black flag with white skull and crossbones, formerly used by sea pirates since as early as 1723.
From c.1650 to c.1870, Roger was slang for the word “penis”, probably due to the origin of the name involving fame with a spear. Subsequently, “to roger” became a slang verb form meaning “to have sex with/ to penetrate”, often particularly referring to anal sex.
In 19th century England, Roger was slang for the cloud of toxic green gas that swept through the chlorine bleach factories periodically.
The name “Hodge” is a corruption of Roger in England, where it was used as a colloquial term by townsfolk, implying a rustic.
– from Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Roger that? Good.