Ketchup vs Sos - What's the difference?

ketchup | sos |

As a noun ketchup

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As a pronoun sos is



Alternative forms

* catsup * catchup (obsolete)


  • (uncountable) A tomato-vinegar based sauce.
  • # and garlic.
  • (countable) Such a sauce more generally (not necessarily based on tomatoes), or a specific brand or kind of such sauce – see usage notes below.
  • fish ketchup'''; fruit '''ketchup'''; mushroom '''ketchup

    Usage notes

    The term is now used almost exclusively to refer to tomato ketchup. However, at one time it was a more general term for sauce, and it is still occasionally used in this way, as with grape ketchup and mushroom ketchup. The spelling ketchup' became significantly preferred in the United States due to the popularity of (Heinz Tomato Ketchup), which used this spelling since shortly after its introduction in 1876 (after earlier using catsup) to distinguish itself from competitors. Other major brands, such as Hunt, subsequently followed, with Del Monte only switching to '''ketchup in 1988.Is There a Difference Between Ketchup and Catsup?”, ''Slate, Aisha Harris, April 22, 2013


  • To cover with ketchup.
  • * 1867 , John Maddison Morton, Aunt Charlotte's maid: a farce in one act
  • It strikes me she's "ketchupped " the lot! I won't touch a morsel!
  • * 1973 , Horizon (page 15)
  • "Well," said Chuck, ketchupping his hamburger, "I'd rather do without King Lear than put up with the human agony it sprang out of. I'd rather not have the Eroica than have the big bloody conqueror it tries to immortalize."
  • * 2009 , David Silverman, Twinkle (page 4)
  • Their fellow diners, like their ketchupped grub, were appropriately dashed and splattered with paint and plaster, reading their Suns and Daily Mirror.


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  • emergency, mayday, distress
  • Usage notes

    The code SOS is normally only used in text transmission; for voice communication, mayday is used. The sequence is normally transmitted run together without any letter spacing in between, so it is technically a single unique code rather than a series of three letters.


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    See also

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