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What does SOS mean
01:14:27 Jul 1st 22 - Lady Jasmina:

I know its sign of extreme distress

And something related to Morse code 

But I would like to know if SOS actually means anything
Short for what?


01:19:02 Jul 1st 22 - Konspyre (Captain Moffering):

Watched Stranger things too? :P

Without Google, SOS is short for Save Our Souls if i remember correctly, first used by sailors in distress needing urgent help, since sinking ship = kind of on a timer


01:24:38 Jul 1st 22 - Lady Jasmina:

Actually not Stranger Things, but you're right, its from a show :P

Watched The Wilds, show where group of girls get stranded on an island
And they make a huge SOS sign for someone to see 
And they even question what does it stand for, but they don't know.
I googled and it does not really say that, does not say Save Our Souls
But kinda makes sense, but I feel that might be from Stranger Things and not universal for all SOS signs? :D


01:30:15 Jul 1st 22 - Venomz (High Warlord Venomz):

Shoot On Sight


01:59:23 Jul 1st 22 - Konspyre (Captain Moffering):

SOS meaning Save Our Souls and the sailor context is something I was taught in primary school so it's unrelated to Stranger Things. I actually thought that was why you mentioned it since I saw it in an episode yesterday, and with it being so hyped right now, yeah.
If SOS doesn't come from that at all, then jokes on my primary school i guess lol


02:05:04 Jul 1st 22 - Lady Jasmina:

I was gonna say I did not start watching Stranger Things when it started, so I am way behind and did not want to bother with too many episodes, but looking at Imdb I see its only 34 episodes, so it could be watched pretty quickly if I binge it...


By the way, when I research it gives me


SOS is a Morse code distress signal (  ▄ ▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄ ▄ ), used internationally, that was originally established for maritime use. In formal notation SOS is written with an overscore line, to indicate that the Morse code equivalents for the individual letters of "SOS" are transmitted as an unbroken sequence of three dots / three dashes / three dots, with no spaces between the letters.[1] In International Morse Code three dots form the letter "S" and three dashes make the letter "O", so "S O S" became a common way to remember the order of the dots and dashes. (IWBVZE3B, and V7 form equivalent sequences, but traditionally SOS is the easiest to remember.)

SOS, when it was first agreed upon by the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in 1906, was merely a distinctive Morse code sequence and was initially not an abbreviation. Later in popular usage it became associated with mnemonic phrases such as "Save Our Souls" and "Save Our Ship".[2] Moreover, due to its high-profile use in emergencies, the phrase "SOS" has entered general usage to informally indicate a crisis or the need for action.

SOS originated in German government maritime radio regulations adopted effective 1 April 1905. It became a worldwide standard when it was included in the service regulations of the first International Radiotelegraph Convention and signed on 3 November 1906, which became effective on 1 July 1908. In modern terminology, SOS is a Morse "procedural signal" or "prosign",[3] used as a start-of-message mark for transmissions requesting assistance when loss of life or catastrophic loss of property is imminent.[4] Other prefixes are used for mechanical breakdowns, requests for medical assistance, and a relayed distress signal originally sent by another station. SOS remained the maritime radio distress signal until 1999, when it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.[5]

SOS is still recognized as a standard distress signal that may be used with any signaling method.[6] It has been used as a visual distress signal, consisting of three short/three long/three short flashes of light,[7] such as from a survival mirror. In some cases the individual letters "S O S" have been spelled out, for example, stamped in a snowbank or formed out of logs on a beach. "S O S" being readable upside down as well as right side up (as an ambigram) is an advantage for visual recognition.



Says those terms are later implemented but I guess its commonly accepted as Save Our Ship :D


02:15:38 Jul 1st 22 - Konspyre (Captain Moffering):

Yeahhh so my primary school atleast wasn't wrong
I'd highly recommend Stranger Things. Do try to take a day off between each season though, especially after season one since that's almost its own story.
Knowing you though, there's no chance you won't like it.

the episodes are usually around 50 mins but the season 4 episodes are about 70 mins each. Every season has a fair amount of buildup and personal relationships until all the pieces come together in a relatively short amount of time. 9/10 series, you're at the final episode of the season before you realize episode 1 even ended.


06:41:34 Jul 1st 22 - Mr. Other Fcukr:

short of sugar


20:40:35 Jul 2nd 22 - Mr. Ghost II:

Sound of Silence


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