Why “plus alpha”?

According to English in Japanese by Akira Miura, apparently it comes from “plus x”, where x is an unknown quantity or something to be decided later. Because a cursive x almost looks like the Greek letter alpha, at some point they became confused.

A whole article by me on the topic:

Waseieigo words and expressions

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