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  • When I was in the military, we did this with hand signals. You raised your arm that was on the side of the hazard, and people behind you mimiced the sign even if they didn't know what the hazard was yet. Since everyone was trained to march, the front of the formation would just "slime" in the direction that we should keep running. In just about anything where we wanted to communicate to other soldiers, we "say it and show it" to give ourselves more of a chance of getting the message across. :)

    In cycling, we

  • ...before my daughter, that is -- I'd yell out "on your left", which seemed to be the most-used term. And when I rode in a charity event with a few thousand other cyclists a few years ago, it was a commonly accepted thing to yell out either "car up" if a car was coming in front, or "car back" (or just "car", since it was more common) if a car was coming from the rear. I thought it was a good example of protocol compression :-)