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    Roger!

    Hi,teachers.
    In Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary on p.1507, we are told that "people say Roger! in communication by radio to show that they have understood a message". Can we nowadays also say Roger! in our text message to tell someone that we have understood the order or the request in their text message sent to us and are going to carry it out? Is it used in a humorous way if it indeed can be used in this situation?
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    Re: Roger!

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,teachers.
    In Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary on p.1507, we are told that "people say Roger! in communication by radio to show that they have understood a message". Can we nowadays also say Roger! in our text message to tell someone that we have understood the order or the request in their text message sent to us and are going to carry it out? Is it used in a humorous way if it indeed can be used in this situation?
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    Richard
    Yes, I think you could use it in text messages and in casual speech.

    It would be not serious -- maybe "light-hearted" is a better word than "humorous."

    It doesn't have to mean, "I heard the order and I will carry it out." It is a general acknowledgment: "Okay, I got it."

    The person on the other end may be sending data or information rather than instructions -- or even just a greeting.
    "Hello, Richard. Beautiful day today, isn't it!"
    "Roger. I'll see you at lunchtime."

    "Roger that!" often means "Yes, I agree! You're correct!"

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    Re: Roger!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Yes, I think you could use it in text messages and in casual speech.

    It would be not serious -- maybe "light-hearted" is a better word than "humorous."

    It doesn't have to mean, "I heard the order and I will carry it out." It is a general acknowledgment: "Okay, I got it."

    The person on the other end may be sending data or information rather than instructions -- or even just a greeting.
    "Hello, Richard. Beautiful day today, isn't it!"
    "Roger. I'll see you at lunchtime."

    "Roger that!" often means "Yes, I agree! You're correct!"
    Thanks for your great explanation!
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    Re: Roger!

    But do note another meaning of the word.

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    Re: Roger!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    But do note another meaning of the word.
    I know it. It is "(of a man)have sex with someone", and I remember it is British English, a slang word. I vaguely remember that I first came across the word used this way in something written by Sam Steele in an anthology. I still remember the sentence was "We rogered three times that night."

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    Re: Roger!

    Interestingly, your sentence suggests that the (of a man) part isn't completely accurate, though it usually is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Interestingly, your sentence suggests that the (of a man) part isn't completely accurate, though it usually is.
    Oh sorry. It might be Richard Steele. I read it a long time ago.
    Last edited by ohmyrichard; 18-Oct-2009 at 05:42.

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    Re: Roger!

    In an obsolete usage, used in the RAF at one time, a common collocation was 'Roger; wilco'. the second word meant 'will comply' - which was confrming obedience to an order.

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