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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:21 PM
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If everybody used "Usama" then nobody would confuse it with Obama
And I'm speaking to liberals, too, because I have heard just about everybody make the error and slip up.

But once you put that "U" there, suddenly it's not possible to make the error.

See?
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Bravo Zulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:23 PM
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1. Will do!
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pintobean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:24 PM
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2. They'd be totally confused.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:24 PM
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3. I find writing President Obama helps also.
Obama Osama, similar
President Obama, Osama, different.
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CBGLuthier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:31 PM
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4. That and only calling him Bin Laden
Should not use his first name anyway. First names are for friends. Motherfucker wasn't no friend of mine.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:37 PM
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5. Or perhaps bin Leaden
he's been leaden down in more ways than one
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:55 PM
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15. I like Bin Hidin'. n/t
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:38 PM
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6. You were friends with Bin Laden? Wow. Tell us about it.
Or, you could learn about double negatives.

http://www.jimloy.com/language/double.htm

re: "Motherfucker wasn't no friend of mine."
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pintobean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:42 PM
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8. feel better?
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:52 PM
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12. A little. How about you?
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pintobean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:56 PM
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16. Not really
The grammar police ain't no assholes.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:40 PM
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7. bin Laden, thats what I've been calling him
I hate the mix ups....agree, Usama works too.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:44 PM
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9. Or, in the alternative, we could be consistent and use BOTH men's last names.
Obama.

Bin Ladin.

Nothing remotely similar to get confused about there.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:45 PM
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10. He's not bin Laden any more. He's "Heavy Laden"
and on the bottom of the Arabian Sea.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:47 PM
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11. It wouldn't work, you'd have "USA" and "MA"
Visualizing this would send Repubs into a contorted tizzy...
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:53 PM
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13. Good idea.
Though it's a tough habit to change - everybody's been calling him Osama and mixing him up with Obama for too long.

But I'll start calling him Usama.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:53 PM
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14. You are over estimating the IQ of morons. They'd call the prez Ubama. nt
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:05 PM
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17. Does cut & paste from wikipedia work here?
أسامة بن لادن

The Arabic linguistic convention would be to refer to him as "Osama" or "Osama bin Laden", not "bin Laden" alone, as "bin Laden" is a patronymic, not a surname in the Western manner. In its expanded form, it means "Osama, son of Mohammed, son of Awad, son of Laden". According to bin Laden's son Omar bin Laden, the family's hereditary surname is "al-Qahtani" (Arabic: ‎القحطاني‎, āl-Qaḥṭānī), but bin Laden's father Mohammed bin Laden never officially registered the name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Laden


It works in my browser.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 02:09 PM
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18. Boy they sure do read between the lines
somehow "bin Laden" doesn't directly translate to "son of Laden" but somehow magically also includes "son of Mohammed, son of Awad" -- how do they do that?

So, his real name should be Usama al-Qahtani?
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