What does SOS stand for?

And why do we use that in emergency situations.... why SOS? why not help or something?

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    SOS was originally devised to be used in Morse Code: ... - - - .... The sequence of three dots, three dashes, and three dots because it would be easily recognizable and easy to send.

    Contrary to popular belief it had no meaning as an abbreviation of anything. That came way after it was begun as a standard distress code.

    Before SOS was established, there were others such as CQD and SOE.

    I was a military radio op for some years and remember this clearly. But check out the source for more info.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sos has no meaning. It was used as an easy way to remember the international morse code distress signal of three dots,three dashes,three dots. It was first adopted by German government in 1905. It became a world wide standard in 1906 and remained the maritime distress signal until 1999 when it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

  • 1 decade ago

    Save Our Souls

  • 1 decade ago

    sos-> save our souls

    used in times of danger like (in sinking ship). its actually call for help

    for knowledge

    it is also present in mobile phone 1)dial 112 in nokia phone even without sim card you can make the emergency call (use it only in times the emergency)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Save Our Souls

    thats what it stands for.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its easy to tap out 3 short 3 long and 3 short again

    the S...O...S the meanings of the letters apparently developed later save our souls save our ship etc

  • 1 decade ago

    It didn't originally stand for anything.

    It's just very distinctive and easy to do in Morse Code.

    dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot

    Save Our Souls/Ship was created later.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Save or Ship," "Save Our Souls" its a distress call from ships to save them used in the form of a morse code it was easy to interpret so hence the sign

    SOS = ...---...

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    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    At the military food line it means "stuff on the shingles" for bisquits covered with gravy. Only it isn't really "stuff".

  • 1 decade ago

    it stands for

    save our souls

    or save our ship

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