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Gaddafi? Kaddafi? Qadhafi? How do you spell it?

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(Read caption) Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi – at least that's how we spell it – attends a celebration of the 40th anniversary of his coming to power at the in Tripoli, Libya, September 1.

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No newsmaker in recent memory has seen more versions of the spelling of his name than Libya's strongman, Colonel ... how do you spell it?

The US State Department goes with "Qadhafi." The Associated Press, CNN, and MSNBC spell it "Gadhafi." Reuters and the BBC opt for "Gaddafi." At the Los Angeles Times, it's "Kadafi," and the New York Times spells it "Qaddafi." For what it's worth, that last version is also the Monitor's preferred spelling (though, like other news outlets, we could be doing a better job of sticking to it consistently.)


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