What does “recce” mean?

A couple of days ago, Azimah, Aisya and I went to go for a venue recce for our upcoming workshop.

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An InstaStory I posted on my Instagram account. Azimah and I were testing whether the stage could hold our weight šŸ™‚

Anyway, as I was writing the phrase “venue recce”, I wondered where “recce” was derived from. I was actually unaware of the word until some of my colleagues in my previous company used it. They used it to refer to visiting an event venue before the event day itself.

Out of my own curiosity, I Googled for the definition of “recce” and here’s what I found inĀ the Collins online dictionary:

verb
If youĀ recceĀ an area, you visit that place in order to become familiar with it. People usually recce an area when they are going to return at a later time to do something there.
[British,Ā old-fashioned]
The first duty of a director is to recce his location.

RecceĀ is also a noun.
Uncle Jim took the air rifle and went on a recce to the far end of the quarry.

 

It’s an informal term forĀ reconnaissance, which means a military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features.Ā ReconnaissanceĀ is also used to refer to a preliminary surveying or research.

So the next time you hear the word “recce” (pronounced “reki”) in the office or even in movies, just remember this blog post. šŸ™‚

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