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A Dictator by Any Other Name

Qaddafi’s name contains multitudes.

5:58 PM, Mar 6, 2011 • By MATT KATZENBERGER
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If you've been reading the news on Libya lately, you've noticed that news organizations don't exactly agree on one essential aspect of their coverage.

A Dictator by Any Other Name

In 2009 ABC compiled a list of 112 alternative ways to spell Col. Qaddafi's name. Popular variations include "Muammar Gaddafi" (BBC News), "Moammar Gadhafi" (The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal), "Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi" (U.S. Department of State), "Muammar el-Qaddafi" (The New York Times), and Moammar Kadafi (The Los Angeles Times). Such discrepancies exist primarily because the Libyan dialect differs from standard Arabic pronunciations.

Matt Katzenberger is an intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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