Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Posted by M.H. Forsyth
I was reminded last night that the distress call Mayday is merely an Englished spelling of the French m'aidez, which means Help me.
While I'm here, I should, perhaps, point out that SOS doesn't stand for anything. It's simply very easy to transmit in Morse Code. When SOS was thought up, there was an alternative suggestion that the signal should be CQD, standing for Come Quickly, Distress, but it was too hard to transmit.