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Although it's sometimes been interpreted as Save Our Souls or Save Our Ship, in fact it doesn't stand for anything at all. And, it isn't (quite) SOS.
In Morse code there are a number of signals that are spoken of as though they were made up of letters.
Di-dah-di-dah-dit (.-.-.) is commonly called AR but, because there is no space between the A and the R it is not truly that. It is, rather, the signal that announces the beginning and the end of a message.
Di-dah-di-di-dah (.-..-) could be called AU but, again with no space, is known as the fraction signal and whatever follows it should be written as a fraction -- usually a half or a quarter.
Dah-dah-dah-dit (---.) is not quite OE. It's another odd one. It was the equivalent of LOL back in the days when emails were done by Morse code.
And SOS (...---...) is also done without spaces, making it a single character. Therefore it isn't quite SOS and is known as the international distress signal.
It stands for Save Our Souls, or Save Our Ship. It was first used by sailors, usually with beams of light in Morse Code. Since Save Our Ship was too long, they abbreviated it to SOS, which in Morse Code is ...---...
SOS is an internationally accepted distress signal which is created by Morse. SOS is sent by people on a ship when they are in danger or are stranded on some strange land. The full form of SOS (SAVE OUR SHIP), (HELP) In the simple terms (SOS) is a signal which indicates distress and a need for help.
SOS was practically used in the 19th century and it was made by Guglielmo Marconi by wireless telegraph. The wireless telegraph used Morse code to send message to the other ships for emergency. Morse code is a way of tapping out letters with the use of dots (short signal) and dashes (long signal).Short signals are referred to dash and the long signals are refer to dish. The letter is represented by a dot which is followed by a dash.
There are many wireless system in the year of 1904.It was difficult for people to work with a handful of danger signals. So they tried to make a common danger signal. After this the international SOS sign was made and SOS meaning was made clear to everyone.
In the same time the Marconi Company suggested to use a distress signal called CQD, It does not mean (COME QUICK DANGER); it simply means (All station Distress).
It actually doesn't mean anything, it was made because it was a very simple morse code message to remember, contrary to popular belief, it does not, repeat, DOES NOT mean save or ship, or save our souls