What Does SOS Mean?

SOS is a widely used distress signal and it stands for “Save Our Souls” or “Save Our Ship” and is a universal distress call for help. The acronym has been in use for more than 100 years since the introduction of Morse Code, which was primarily used as a wireless communication method before the invention of telephones or satellites. SOS or variations of the code are used internationally by ships, airplanes, and land vehicles and signify a desperate call for assistance in breaking down, getting lost, or in distress on land.

History of the Acronym SOS

The history of the distress signal SOS dates back to 1908, when German wireless regulations suggested that the international Morse Code distress call actually be altered from the current “CQD” to SOS.  

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