Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by shintao, Mar 17, 2011.
What does SOS mean? Who uses it? Who does it apply to?
This might make an interesting thread.
"Save Our Ship?"
"Save Our Souls?"
Know the very first use of this international distress signal? the Cunard liner Slavonia on June 10, 1909. The Titanic, which first used the still standard (at the time) CQD after hitting the iceberg, commonly gets credited though, for first use.
The Marconi Yearbook of Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony , 1918 states, "This signal [SOS] was adopted simply on account of its easy radiation and its unmistakable character. There is no special signification in the letter themselves, and it is entirely incorrect to put full stops between them [the letters]." All the popular interpretations of "SOS," "Save Our Ship," "Save Our Souls," or "Send Out Succour" are simply not valid. Stations hearing this distress call were to immediately cease handling traffic until the emergency was over and were likewise bound to answer the distress signal.
SOS is the universal distress called used by all maritime vessels.
What is the Meaning of SOS? - BoatSafe.com
Shintao's Obviously Stupid
Japan uses SOS
ABBA uses SOS
Hmmm, and you are obviously a cock sucker who chose to disrupt the thread. After you give me a BJ, you can move along ball licker.
So we have a signal code whose letters mean nothing, but it is more a symbolism, and applies to maritime use. But not per-say to land forces, where a flag might be used, such as a white flag for surrendering.
It was humor. SOS humor. Maybe he should have used the "razz" icon though.
"Come and fucking GET us, we are in a world of shit here!"
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