This is of no particular interest, really, but it is a curious, even a bit quirky story.
Using words to represent letters of the alphabet when communicating using bad quality radio communication.
The letter ‘R’ is used to acknowledge that a message has been received.
While the British tried to push ‘Robert’, it was the U.S. who pushed ‘Roger’ and succeded – and who established the phrase ‘Roger that’ to acknowledge the receipt of a radio message.
Then, in the 1950s, NATO standardised the words used to represent the alphabet and ‘Roger’ became ‘Romeo’.
But, ‘Romeo that’ doesn’t really work for some reason, wouldn’t you agree?
So what is it that makes us stick to old habits?