Monday, September 01, 2003

Libya: how do you spell the man's name!

How many different ways can you spell the name of Libya's leader? I stopped counting at 10.

Muammar al Qathafi ... Muammar el-Qaddafi ... Muammar Qadhafi ... Muhammar Qaddaffi .... Moammar Qaddafi ... Muammar Gadafy ...Moamar Gadhafi ... Moammar Gadhafi ... Muammar Gaddafi ... Moamer Kadhafi ...

I couldn't find an official government of Libya page ... but on the African Union page, his name is spelled "Muammar Al-Qaddafi".

That last one makes it 11 different ways to spell the man's name! How is it that people haven't arrived at a uniform way to spell his name?

So when you're using a search engine to look for information on the man ... just remember that he's a Colonel. People usually use his military title ... and as far as I know, there's only one way to spell "Colonel".

And the country's name can be spelled Libia ... but I think it's mostly the Italian and Spanish press that spell it that way.