Omicron is on everyone’s lips - figurately speaking - but where does the Greek letter come from? Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto
Omicron is on everyone’s lips - figurately speaking - but where does the Greek letter come from? Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Omicron: where does the variant Covid-19 name come from? The Greek letter’s relationship to ‘eye’, its merging with ‘omega’, and why it’s not STEM-friendly

  • Meaning ‘little o’ in Greek, Omicron has been given a big platform with its designation as the latest Covid-19 variant of concern
  • Unlike other Greek letters, its use in mathematics, science and engineering is comparatively limited for one key reason

Omicron is on everyone’s lips - figurately speaking - but where does the Greek letter come from? Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto
Omicron is on everyone’s lips - figurately speaking - but where does the Greek letter come from? Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto
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