SOS

Definition : Save Our Souls
Category : Technology » Communication
Country/Region : Worldwide Worldwide
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What does SOS mean?

SOS is the commonly used description for the international Morse code distress signal (· · · — — — · · ·). This distress signal was first adopted by the German government in radio regulations. SOS became associated with such phrases as “Save Our Ship”, ”Save Our Souls”, and “Send Out Succour”. These may be regarded as mnemonics, but SOS is not an abbreviation or acronym. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the letters were chosen because they are easily transmitted in Morse code.