Zero Eight Zero – by Ogechukwu Okorie


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.


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A public health physician, health systems consultant and an advocate for good governance, health equity and social justice. Authored the book, "A Companion to Practical Pathology" and founded HAPPYNigeria in 2006. I'm also a Brand Ambassador of Social Good Nigeria. To read my full profile, copy and paste this link on your URL and check it out >> Your feedback on all posts are welcome. Follow me on twitter - @donlaz4u.

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