What’s ‘that’ all about?
Interested to read Dave Unwin’s observations on altered definitions such as the word ’solo’ in the September 2016 issue, and I am definitely one of the WTF brigade on that particular well-publicised event. But has anyone noticed how in recent years all films, TV etc from the US have flyers, soldiers, policemen, and anyone else using a radio saying “roger that” and “copy that” and so on? If that were not silly enough, this now seems to have filtered into UK productions so we have provincial English policemen emulating this nonsense: “Cuppa tea Sarge?”... “Roger that”. And I have now actually heard a pilot say “Copy that” on Farnborough 132.8.
My CAP 41 and other publications from the 1970s made it clear that words such as ’roger’ were precise, had a special meaning, and were in fact laid down by the authorities such as the ICAO. Just as they were in my Army Signaller’s manual from the 1950s, which had equally good reasons to keep all traffic as brief and precise as possible. So WTF is this all about? Roger (that) Goulden, London