SOS

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See also: S.O.S., Søs, Sös, so's, sos, sós, sôs, søs, and šos
🆘 U+1F198, 🆘
SQUARED SOS
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[U+1F197]
Enclosed Alphanumeric Supplement 🆙
[U+1F199]

Translingual[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Chosen because its morse code sequence (...---...) was easy to remember and recognize even through interference. Many mnemonics and backronyms were later formed from the sequence.

Symbol[edit]

SOS

  1. emergency, mayday, distress
Usage notes[edit]

The code SOS is normally only used in text transmission; for voice communication, mayday is used. The sequence is normally transmitted run together without any letter spacing in between, so it is technically a single unique code rather than a series of three letters.

Synonyms[edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Symbol[edit]

SOS

  1. Somali shilling

Usage notes[edit]

This is a currency code used in the ISO 4217 standard.


English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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From the letters represented by the signal, chosen as a sequence that is easy to recall and transmit (· · · — — — · · ·); it is not, as is commonly believed, an abbreviation for "save our souls", "save our ship" or any other phrase.

Noun[edit]

SOS (plural SOS's or SOSes)

  1. The conventional Morse code call made by a ship in distress.
    The keel has been scuppered! Send out an SOS.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      "Look at wireless. Look at the S. O. S. call at sea. Is that not a benefit to mankind?"
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

SOS

  1. Initialism of Secretary of State.
  2. Initialism of special order sale.

Phrase[edit]

SOS

  1. (colloquial) Initialism of slip on show: a warning to a woman that the underwear she has on can be seen.

Etymology 3[edit]

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Noun[edit]

SOS (uncountable)

  1. (games) A children's game in which players take turns to place S's and O's on a grid, collecting points by creating an "SOS" sequence.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

SOS (uncountable)

  1. Initialism of shit on a shingle.

Anagrams[edit]


Japanese[edit]

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 SOS on Japanese Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English SOS.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

S(エス)O(オー)S(エス) (esuōesu

  1. SOS (conventional Morse code call made by a ship in distress)
  2. (by extension) the state of being sought an emergency rescue
    ()(せい)からのS(エス)O(オー)S(エス)
    Kasei kara no esuōesu
    an SOS from Mars
  3. silicon on sapphire

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN

Swedish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from English SOS.

Noun[edit]

SOS ?

  1. SOS, international telegraphic distress signal

Etymology 2[edit]

Butter, cheese, and herring
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Abbreviation of smör, ost, sill (butter, cheese, herring).

Noun[edit]

SOS ?

  1. traditional appetizer, smaller version of brännvinsbord
    Synonym: S.O.S.

Etymology 3[edit]

Abbreviation of Sveriges officiella statistik (Sweden's official statistic).

Noun[edit]

SOS ?

  1. a particular collection of systems and processes that produce official statistics about Sweden

Etymology 4[edit]

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Abbreviation of Södersjukhuset.

Noun[edit]

SOS ?

  1. Misspelling of SÖS, largest hospital in Stockholm, Sweden

Anagrams[edit]