(“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”)
They’ve stopped teaching Morse code most places, and SOS is fundamental to Morse. Ham radio operators using one of those keying devices – I can’t even remember what they’re called — used to like abbreviations to minimize their signaling strokes: YL and XYL come to mind. I believe “30” stood for EOM; we used to use “30” instead of “###” at the end of news stories typed up for publication in a newspaper.
There may be a whole little language eroding as the telegraph key is replaced.
You Can Look It Up.
Begin forwarded message:
What the SOS Distress Signal Stands For
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