GIVE US AN "O" — I am not Arabic but I think Fox News is right when it spells bin Laden's first name Usama with a U. I once lived in Alexandria, Egypt, so I am familiar with the Arabic language. There is no "O" in the Arabic alphabet. The closest sound is a U. Why don't you call Abdel Salem? He could tell you the correct spelling. — Linguist, Calexico
Salem was in Sacramento when we called so we called Abraham Reisin, owner of the Tienda del Army in Calexico.
The spelling or pronunciation of Osama bin Laden's first name "can go either way," he said.
"It depends on where you live. It's like the English word, ‘either.' Some people say ‘ee-ther' and some say ‘eye-ther,'" Reisin said.
By the way, we had another call on our voice mail from somebody wanting to comment on the spelling of bin Laden's name. The caller left a Calexico phone number so we are assuming it was not bin Laden calling from Pakistan to complain.