Signals to be used to, among other things, halt working in the event of lost communications or inability to utilize radios.

In the sentence above, does "among other things" mean "along with other purposes"? Does it mean "Signals to be used to halt working ...(along with other purposes other than halting)"? It's unclear for me what "other things" it refers to.


Among other things is an expression meaning that the activity/example/phenomenon being described is just one of a number of related activities or examples.

The sentence tells us explicitly that signals would cease under two conditions (the loss of communications and non-functioning radios). It adds among other things to tell us that signals were also subject to other influences that might affect their clarity and strength.

It does not tell us what these influences are. It merely indicates that there are other considerations to be taken into account.

Your sentence appears to contain extra words: Presumably it should read: Signals used to..... and NOT "Signals to be used to....

Googling among other things will give you numerous explanations and examples of its use.


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  • I think it's about signals to be used for various purposes, including the halting of work, when other means of communication (including radio) are not working. Think semaphore flags, Aldis lamps, flares, sirens, etc. – Michael Harvey Mar 22 '19 at 16:21
  • True, a more apt interpretation! – Ronald Sole Mar 22 '19 at 19:10
  • Before the days of electronics, a 'signal' was something visual - a lamp, a flag, a flare, etc. or the message thus conveyed. – Michael Harvey Mar 22 '19 at 19:54

This is a form of "plain English" expression that supplanted the use, by the "classically educated", of the Latin expression inter alia. A lot of English-use abbreviations are for such Latin phrases - QED, n.b., etc., et al. (that one is et alia, same sense of alia), e.g., cf., and probably more but that are the ones that come to mind.

It is used with a list, either before or after, to indicate that the list is not exhaustive, or complete. It means that, in this case, the signals will be used for things other than those mentioned in the list - but will be used for things in the list.

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