posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 01:45 PM
I know that Fox News has been using Usama for years. I'm not sure the reason, but I bet that it has something to do with the transliteration of the
Arabic name. Yeah, I just looked at the Wikipedia page
and it has the transliteration of the
Arabic as Usāma. With the "U", it would mean that the first vowel makes an "oo" sound, like in boot. Maybe initally Osama was choosen instead
of Usama because Osama is a bit easier to say, at least for an English speaker.
If more media is doing this now, I don't think that it has anything to do with Osama being close to the spelling of Obama. They may simply be doing
it because Usama is technically more correct. I wouldn't be surprised if they start saying his name "Usahma" [with a long a were the "a" has a
dash over it, as that is what the dash indicates].