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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Definitions for SOS

  1. any call for help: We sent out an SOS for more typists.
  2. the letters represented by the radio telegraphic signal (· · · – – – · · ·) used, especially by ships in distress, as an internationally recognized call for help.
  3. to send an SOS.

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Citations for SOS
When an SOS is heard, there is an immediate response by almost anyone who is in a position to be of assistance and a prayerful response by those are unable to assist. Gilbert P. Pond, "SOS ... SAS," The Rotarian, July 1955
SOS is not only a signal of despair, it is a larger symbol of hope. , "SOS," New York Times, December 24, 1956
Origin of SOS
1905-1910
SOS comes from the Morse code alphabet, in which three dots (or short clicks) represents the letter S and three dashes (or long clicks) represents the letter O.