Several of my newsletters this morning included a story about commonly mispronounced words, and one of the words addressed was omicron. Oh good, I thought, somebody is finally going to educate all those reporters who keep stumbling over a word that seems to appear 1,000 times a day. (Not to mention President Biden, who kept saying “omnicron” a few days ago.)
This is the explanation that followed:
Omicron (AH-muh-kraan / OH-mee-kraan): A new variant of COVID-19 first identified in November, named in keeping with the World Health Organization’s system of identifying variants with Greek letters. (Touma notes it’s pronounced differently in the U.S. and the U.K.)
You probably heard me groan when I read that. More confusion! I’m not contending that I’m right, but during Rush Week many decades ago, when I was taught the Greek alphabet, the pronunciation was OH-muh-kraan. Easy peasy.
These days it’s been mangled so often, I can hardly say it without stumbling as my subconscious tries to double-check what I say. (Go ahead, say it aloud three times quickly.)
Anyway, regardless of how you say it, get your vaccinations and wear your mask. Please. Because I’m getting really, really tired of the covid lifestyle and want it gone. Really!