The Anonymous Widower

Was The Name Omicron For This Variant Of The Covids Chosen Deliberately?

We are trained to respond to single-word commands as are our pets and other animals. But then some animals and especially birds have alarm calls, when one sees danger.

Before omicron, we’ve had alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants of Covid-19, so surely, if they were following the Greek alphabet, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu, nu and xi all should have had precedence.

Consider.

  • Perhaps zeta, eta and theta could get misheard when spoken.
  • iota might be difficult for some to pronounce.
  • mu and nu could be mistyped.
  • xi risks confusion with the Chinese leader.
  • omicron could stand out like a bird’s alarm call.

Omicron is also a word, you don’t hear often in normal conversation unlike some Greek letters.

Could it have been chosen as it is a word that will be picked out in conversation and those that hear it will be nudged towards covid-correct behaviour like wearing a mask or keeping, keeping apart or remembering to get a booster jab.

If people constantly say booster, covid and omicron in the same sentence would it nudge people to do the right thing?

It probably would work unless omicron meas something different in the local language.

December 11, 2021 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Surely Omega is the logical Greek Letter but that’s the last letter so what letter will next variant use !

    Comment by Hoxton | December 11, 2021 | Reply

  2. If you haven’t heard of them that doesn’t mean they don’t exist!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variants_of_SARS-CoV-2#Former_variants_of_interest

    Comment by Brian Armitage | December 12, 2021 | Reply

  3. Epsilon to lambda were already given to variants that it was deemed we didnt need to know about nu and mu were discarded as names for variants because they could be misheard, or sounds like a completely ne covid. Xi was discarded because it is the name of the Chinese leader. So we are on to Omicron.

    I wonder what flavour our pi will be …

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 12, 2021 | Reply

    • Thanks! Perhaps we should have called in Xi in recognition of the fact that Chinese food habits helped to cause this mess and of Xi’s human wrongs.

      Comment by AnonW | December 12, 2021 | Reply


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