As news has broken in recent days about the new Covid variant omicron, conspiracy theorists have gone into overdrive - bizarrely claiming there’s a hidden message after finding a not-so-festive anagram within the variant’s name.
Just in time, as the festive season gets underway, conspiracy theorists have found the anagram “No Crimbo” in the variant name (as it’s British slang for Christmas, seems the message is just for us Brits?).
Though in order for this anagram to work the full name of the variant had to be used to come to this conclusion: omicron (B.220.127.116.11) - in order to squeeze the all-important “B” in to spell out “Crimbo.”
Of course, they’ve now jumped to the conclusion that this is a clear message indicating there will be no Christmas this year.
Perhaps, there is a villainous anagram department at the World Health Organisation (WHO) where each Greek letter of the alphabet is scoped out for the possible subliminal messages it can send out via the jumbled letters, and that people actually use the word Crimbo on purpose...
As people discussed this conspiracy on Twitter, many pointed out the insanity of using word puzzles to come to such conclusions.
Another anagram conspiracy theorists ironically found was “moronic” meaning foolish or stupid - though others also pointed out another hilarious anagram they missed: “micro nob.”
(Surprisingly, there are no conspiracy theories surrounding that particular anagram).
Apparently NO CRIMBO is trending because it's an anagram of Omicron B. Most people find this mildly amusing, but th… https://t.co/0INMmiDCJg
In conclusion, maybe those conspiracy theorists should stick Countdown on their telly if they want to search for words.
Meanwhile, WHO has explained why the letters Nu and Xi were passed when choosing the name for the new variant and told Reuters that “‘Nu’ is too easily confounded with ‘new,’ and ‘Xi’ was not used because it is a common last name.”
“WHO best practices for naming disease suggest avoiding ‘causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups,” they added.