Malapropism: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context – Merriam Webster
Before Obama was a name commonly uttered amongst Americans there was Osama. Osama was a name we heard almost daily. It was an exotic name, but we eventually familarized ourselves with it.
Several years later enter Senate candidate and then Senator and then Presidential candidate Obama.
Linguistic confusion ensued. Here’s Ted Kennedy trying to transition to the new name.
It didn’t go well. But he wasn’t the only one.
Education was required.
After all of these years we’ve finally gotten it. The transition from Osama as a daily uttered name to Obama as a daily uttered name is complete. Maybe too complete.
This time the malapropisms are the other way around. I’ve heard Rush and many other broadcast professionals malapropping that the military killed Obama today.
Ah, for simpler times in the future when neither of their names are uttered on a daily basis. Mere figures from the past.