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To: CarolNTN

Osama is the Jordanian spelling, I’m not sure what Usama is.


38 posted on 05/01/2011 11:35:09 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle
Osama is the Jordanian spelling, I’m not sure what Usama is.

To be technical, it's spelled أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن‎ (Arabic, not sure if it'll come through on all systems). There's not usually an easy "right" or "wrong" spelling when you're transliterating from a non-Roman alphabet. That's why most sources use Mao Tse-Tung but some use Mao Zhedong; why you have discrepancies like Bombay/Mumbai, Peking/Bejing, Calcutta/Kolkatta; and why no two news outlets have ever agreed on the spelling of Muammar Ghadafi.

45 posted on 05/02/2011 12:59:32 AM PDT by ReignOfError
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