SOS /S-O-S/ /n. obs./ 1. An infamously losing text
editor. Once, back in the 1960s, when a text editor was needed for
the PDP-6, a hacker crufted together a quick-and-dirty
`stopgap editor' to be used until a better one was written.
Unfortunately, the old one was never really discarded when new ones
(in particular, TECO) came along. SOS is a descendant (`Son
of Stopgap') of that editor, and many PDP-10 users gained the
dubious pleasure of its acquaintance. Since then other programs
similar in style to SOS have been written, notably the early font
editor BILOS /bye'lohs/, the Brother-In-Law Of Stopgap (the
alternate expansion `Bastard Issue, Loins of Stopgap' has been
proposed). 2. /sos/ /vt./ To decrease; inverse of AOS, from
the PDP-10 instruction set.
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