# it's all geek to me

After a conversation with recently I got to thinking: what do all the letters of the Greek alphabet represent? What is their canonical meaning to me? Here's the result of my thoughts.

• α (alpha) : A quite buggy version of software.
• β (beta) : A prerelease (but not so buggy) version of software.
• γ (gamma) : Something you correct when it's too dark.
• δ (delta) : A small change in something.
• ε (epsilon) : A very (very) small quantity.
• ζ (zeta) : No meaning to me: it's up for grabs! But it's one of the squiggles, so hard to disambiguate.
• &eta: (eta) : Nowt here either. Too easy to confuse with n.
• θ (theta) : Any old angle. Or temperature. A stalwart friend.
• ι (iota) : Too boring to mean anything technical.
• κ (kappa) : Apart from it being some sort of Japanese water-creature, I don't know of anything…
• λ (lambda) : An unnamed function. Oh and a half-life.
• μ (mu) : Micro-prefix.
• ν (nu) : Nowt. Too easy to confuse with v.
• ξ (xi) : Another squiggly. No use.
• ο (omicron) : Seems like I should use it. So that when people ask me what “o” is, I can say “It's omicron, actually.”
• π (pi) : Ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
• ρ (rho) : Density.
• σ (sigma) : Standard deviation. Needs to be put to another use because this one's fun to write, with its little tail.
• τ (tau) : Torque.
• υ (upsilon) : Another useless letter.
• φ (phi) : θ's big brother – the other angle in a spherical coordinate system. Or the golden ratio. This is one of the cooler ones.
• χ (chi) : Vaguely aware of some statistics thing called the χ-square test. And a bit of a Christian overtone to it. Neither of which endear this letter to me.
• ψ (psi) : Tries to be as cool as φ but falls short. I discard it.
• ω (omega) : Angular velocity.

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