Gadhafi, Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Khadafy, or Khadafi?
February 24, 2011 10:58 AM
As the crisis in Libya has intensified we've been treated to several variations on the spelling of the leader of Libya. So what, exactly, is the proper spelling of Colonel Crazy's name?
If you use the Associated Press
as your standard-bearer you should use the spelling Moammar Gadhafi
When Moammar Gadhafi told the world he was a changed man, some leaders were skeptical. Others, like Britain's Tony Blair, were quicker to see the benefits of rapprochement with the oil-rich nation.The Washington Post
is using Moammar Gaddafi
as their preferred spelling.
Moammar Gaddafi blamed the revolt in his country on Osama Bin Laden, in what came across as a desperate plea to citizens Thursday to abandon their 10-day-old rebellion.The New York Times
is using Muammar el-Qaddafi
and even acknowledging his position in the military.
Thousands of mercenary and irregular forces struck back at a tightening circle of rebellions around the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday, trying to fend off an uprising against the 40-year rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who blamed the violence on “hallucinogenic” drugs and Osama bin Laden.The Boston Globe
is using Moammar Khadafy
Whatever ambivalence may have colored President Obama’s cautious response to uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain, he should offer full-throated support for Libyans who are risking their lives to shake off dictator Moammar Khadafy.Agence France-Presse
is using Moamer Khadafi
when writing about the Libyan dictator.
The London School of Economics has cut ties with the Libyan leader's son, Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, after a violent crackdown on protests in Libya, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. A leading academic at the university who knew Moamer Khadafi's son when he studied there said he was "deeply disturbed" by the former student's condemnation of anti-regime protests.