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The absolutely correct way to spell Gaddafi

Wed 2011-Feb-23 @ MYT 12:58:07 pm
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When Col Gaddafi visited the United States in 2009, complete with Bedouin tent and his Amazon Guard of 20 women (all virgins, it is said), ABC News took the trouble to find out how to spell his name correctly. A laudable task.

For the edification of English-language reporters, news editors, and sub-editors everywhere who want to be absolutely correct, I’ve reproduced it below.

Col Gaddafi’s name is spelt thus (according to Wikipedia):

معمر القذاف

In English, or the Latin alphabet, the only correct way to spell عمر القذاف is:

Qaddafi, Muammar Moammar Qudhafi Moamar Gadhafi
Al-Gathafi, Muammar Mu`amar al-Kad’afi Moamer Gaddafi
al-Qadhafi, Muammar Mu’amar al-Kadafi Moamer Kadhafi
Al Qathafi, Mu’ammar Muamar Al-Kaddafi Moamma Gaddafi
Al Qathafi, Muammar Muamar Kaddafi Moammar Gaddafi
El Gaddafi, Moamar Muamer Gadafi Moammar Gadhafi
El Kadhafi, Moammar Muammar Al-Gathafi Moammar Ghadafi
El Kazzafi, Moamer Muammar al-Khaddafi Moammar Khadaffy
El Qathafi, Mu’Ammar Mu’ammar al-Qadafi Moammar Khaddafi
Gadafi, Muammar Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi Moammar el Gadhafi
Gaddafi, Moamar Muammar al-Qadhafi Moammer Gaddafi
Gadhafi, Mo’ammar Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi Mouammer al Gaddafi
Gathafi, Muammar Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhāfī 50 Muamar Gaddafi
Ghadafi, Muammar Mu’ammar Al Qathafi Muammar Al Ghaddafi
Ghaddafi, Muammar Muammar Al Qathafi Muammar Al Qaddafi
Ghaddafy, Muammar Muammar Gadafi Muammar Al Qaddafi
Gheddafi, Muammar Muammar Gaddafi Muammar El Qaddafi
Gheddafi, Muhammar Muammar Ghadafi Muammar Gadaffi
Kadaffi, Momar Muammar Ghaddafi Muammar Gadafy
Kad’afi, Mu`amar al- 20 Muammar Ghaddafy Muammar Gaddhafi
Kaddafi, Muamar Muammar Gheddafi Muammar Gadhafi
Kaddafi, Muammar Muammar Kaddafi Muammar Ghadaffi
Kadhafi, Moammar Muammar Khaddafi Muammar Qadthafi
Kadhafi, Mouammar Mu’ammar Qadafi Muammar al Gaddafi
Kazzafi, Moammar Muammar Qaddafi Muammar el Gaddafy
Khadafy, Moammar Muammar Qadhafi Muammar el Gaddafi
Khaddafi, Muammar Mu’ammar Qadhdhafi Muammar el Qaddafi
Moamar al-Gaddafi Muammar Quathafi Muammer Gadaffi
Moamar el Gaddafi Mulazim Awwal
Mu’ammar Muhammad
Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi
Muammer Gaddafi
Moamar El Kadhafi Qadafi, Mu’ammar Mummar Gaddafi
Moamar Gaddafi Qadhafi, Muammar Omar Al Qathafi
Moamer El Kazzafi Qadhdhāfī, Mu`ammar Omar Mouammer Al Gaddafi
Mo’ammar el-Gadhafi Qathafi, Mu’Ammar el 70 Omar Muammar Al Ghaddafi
Moammar El Kadhafi Quathafi, Muammar Omar Muammar Al Qaddafi
Mo’ammar Gadhafi Qudhafi, Moammar Omar Muammar Al Qathafi
Moammar Kadhafi Moamar AI Kadafi Omar Muammar Gaddafi
Moammar Khadafy Maummar Gaddafi Omar Muammar Ghaddafi
Omar al Ghaddafi

E&OE (errors and omissions excepted)

soon-to-be (with luck) the former
Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

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