I wish to draw attention to the use of the letter ‘o’ in place of the number zero (0) in announcing GSM phone numbers
by many electronic media practitioners. When I was in secondary school in the 80s we were made to know that if one wants to do well in English language then one must listen to news, current affairs, and debates from the radio and television as well as read newspapers.
Nowadays, the reverse appears to be the case.I dont know why the media practitioners decided to change the number zero (0) to the alphabet ‘o’ when reading out the GSM numbers to the public.
Please, something should be done to correct this mistake for the shake of our children.
Dr Ogechukwu Okorie is a consultant Anaesthesist at Federal Medical Center, Owerri.