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You Say Kadafi, I Say Gadaffi

by Bill Hayes

With Libya in the news, have you noticed all the different ways the Libyan leader’s name is spelled? For example:

  • New York Times = Qaddafi
  • Los Angeles Times = Kadafi
  • Boston Globe = Khadafy
  • Washington Post = Gaddafi
  • Times of London = Gadaffi
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution = Gadhafi

In How Many Different Ways Can You Spell ‘Gaddafi’?, a blog post from last year, ABC News came up with 112 different ways to spell his name.