Why do we say "Do you copy?" or affirm "Copy that" when communicating via radio, and in the military?
#109042. Asked by Godwit. (Sep 21 09 11:14 PM)
"In the early days when most two-way radio communication used "Morse" code (radiotelegraph), operators used very short 'procedural' signals to save time....Read, as in 'Do you read me", refers to hearing a signal clearly enough to be understood. Copy probably originally referred to writing or typing a received message, but now has is essentially the same as 'Read'."
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