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Why We Mix Up 'Osama' and 'Obama': A Linguistic Reason Why We Mix Up 'Osama' and 'Obama': A Linguistic Reason

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Why We Mix Up 'Osama' and 'Obama': A Linguistic Reason


President Obama(Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images)

From The New York Times, to Fox News to your very own dinner table, people across the country and across the ideological spectrum have been making the Osama/Obama mistake: accidentally saying "Obama" instead of "Osama." At first it was confusing—receiving a text message on Sunday night that read "Obama is dead!" elicited a reaction very different from the alternative. But now it's just a big, embarrassing joke. See video montage below:



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