My name, Shehab, is an Arabic word. Interesting, more than 10 white Americans and a black American have addressed me 'Shebab' (both in writing and verbally).

Why is this particular mistake is so much common?

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    Interesting as the question is, i don't think it's to do with the English language, and so not really on topic here. Oct 19, 2015 at 18:57
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about the English language. Oct 19, 2015 at 18:57
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    Well, there are people named Shebib or Shebab, at least as a surname, so perhaps it is as simple as confusing David and Davis. Perhaps their minds drifted to doo-wop lyrics (bomp she bomp), or conflated it with Turkish shishkebab. It's rare for she- to be followed with -h in English, and perhaps their tongue simply drifts. There might be a dozen other explanations, but any answer we give can only be speculative.
    – choster
    Oct 19, 2015 at 19:37

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Some typefaces (including the one on this SE) use serifs, which can make it quite difficult to see the difference between lowercase "B" and "H", especially if the letters are shown small on paper or a computer screen

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