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May I have a word about Omicron and the Disneyfication of Notre Dame | Jonathan Bouquet

Jon Snow had a brave stab at pronouncing the name of the latest coronavirus variant So, what was your most controversial event of the past week? The Christmas knees-up last year in Downing Street? Protocols are for little people. The continuing and increasingly tiresome rumbles within the house of Windsor? A period of silence from all interested parties would be welcome. Sorry, but it was none of those. The most bitterly contested issue was how to pronounce Omicron. Classicists favour emphasis on the second syllable. The BBC and the World Health Organization plump for stressing the first syllable, on the other hand. One thing I think we can all agree on is that it is not as Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow had it last week - “Oh-my-crone”. I am, as always, happy to stand corrected. Continue reading...

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