What Does RGR Mean?

The word this abbreviation represents predates the internet

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A text message saying "RGR" on an iPhone.

Did you just send a text or an online message to someone, only to receive "RGR" as a reply? If you did, you might be confused about what a reply like this could mean.

RGR is short for:

Roger.

Roger is obviously a name, but it also has a different use. When used in abbreviated form in text messaging or online, it's purpose is to communicate something to you.

What RGR Means

RGR basically translates to "message received." Military personnel would say "Roger" or "Roger that" over two-way radio during WWII, using the phonetic alphabet to ensure the greatest level of clarity and accuracy while communicating. Back then, Roger corresponded to the letter R.

How RGR Is Used

RGR is used in texts and online to communicate that a message has been received and understood. You could say it's the nonverbal equivalent of a head nod or a thumbs up.

Since certain forms of digital communication lack the facial expression and body language that in-person communication offers, RGR can be a helpful term to use to confirm in the most basic way the receipt of a particular message. It's often used on its own as a standalone reply when no other questions or comments are necessary.

Examples of RGR in Use

Example 1

Friend #1: "We're meeting at the pub at 9"

Friend #2: "Rgr"

This first example shows how RGR can be used as a simple reply to confirm their receipt and understanding of information or instruction. Friend #1 tells Friend #2 when and where they're meeting, and then Friend #2 replies with RGR to acknowledge it.

Example 2

Friend #1: "No need to bring extra supplies. We've got everything we need here."

Friend #2: "Rgr that."

This second example shows how the word "that" can optionally be added onto RGR in any case at all. Instead of simply just saying RGR, Friend #2 adds "that" onto the end to emphasize their understanding of the previous message from Friend #1.

Example 3

Friend #1: "Be sure to plan ahead for the weather tomorrow. See you in the morning."

Friend #2: "Rgr... and out"

RGR is typically not followed by any other words except occasionally "that," however in some cases it can be followed with something that communicates that the conversation is over. In this third example, Friend #2 adds "and out," which is another phrase that was used in radio communication to mark the end of the conversation.

Alternatives to RGR

RGR is sort of a two-part thinker. First you have to know what it stands for, and second you have to have enough general knowledge of its history in military communication to understand its meaning.

For this reason, you might be a lot better off using other terms to communicate your receipt and understanding of a message. Alternative terms to use include:

  • OK: The simplest and most straightforward way to confirm that you received a message.
  • Okie: A slang variation of OK.
  • SNDS GD: An abbreviation of the phrase "Sounds Good."
  • SNDS GRT: An abbreviation of the phrase "Sounds Great."
  • IGHT: A slang term for "Alright."
  • Thumbs up emoji: A nonverbal alternative to get the point across that you received the message.