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I Say Again
Characters using radio communication will often say 'Repeat' instead of the correct phrase 'I say again'.


(permanent link) added: 2012-05-09 15:05:23 sponsor: otjl (last reply: 2012-05-10 07:50:09)

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This trope is found all over the place in just about any film featuring a discussion taking place over radios or walkie-talkies, especially war films. One character will say a phrase (usually one important to the plot), then say the word 'repeat' and then say the phrase again. In real life, the word 'repeat' is an artillery command signalling any listening artillery operators to fire again on the last targeted position. As such the word 'repeat' is almost NEVER used by real radio operators, especially those who have received military training, and anybody who does use it swiftly finds themselves in seriously hot water. The correct phrase is 'I say again'.
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