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Associated Press fact checks skipping Nu and Xi for the big O
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WHO skipped two Greek alphabet letters in naming coronavirus variant
CLAIM: The World Health Organization skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet, nu and xi, when naming omicron, a newly identified variant of the coronavirus. AP’S ASSESSMENT: True. The agency said it did so to stop people confusing nu with “new” and to avoid “causing offense” because Xi is a common last name.