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RE: Osama or Usama?

On Mon, 8 Oct 2001, Larry A. Lovering wrote:

> The BBC reports it as Usama, also reported in the downloadable document from
> the British government that offers proof that bin Laden did it.

I guess it's all subjective.  Considering bin Laden's name is actually
meant to be written in Arabic script, using Roman letters is more of an
approximation of the sound -- sort of like spelling Chinese or Hebrew
words using "American" letters, or vice-versa.

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