A little conspiracy theme for you here… After the happenings of September 11th took place, many Swedes noted that the spelling of Usama Bin-Laden was different in Swedish newspapers compared to the US ones.
For some reason, the “Usa” part was removed from the American spelling…
As the theory goes, this was because the then (and now?) most hated man in the USA had a name that begun with the same three letters as their beloved country. Of course, this wasn’t acceptable, so media took the liberty of changing the spelling.
Another take is that it’s hard to translate Arabic sounds/letters into the Western alphabet so it’s just a coincidence. Whichever is true, you can read more in USAma vs. Osama.
Also: what’s your take?