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March 7th, 2011
What's in a Name?

Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi has been in the headlines a lot this week -- he's visiting the U.S. for the first time since he took power 40 years ago, and his arrival is not without controversy.

But politics aside, we've come across a list of the many different English spellings of Gaddafi's name.  Because of the difficulty translating Arabic to English, there are several different translations -- the Library of Congress lists 72 alternate spellings, and the New York times, Associated Press and Xinhua news sources used 40 additional spellings between 1998 and 2008. 

We've posted some of the 112 below...

•Qaddafi, Muammar
•Al-Gathafi, Muammar •al-Qadhafi, Muammar •Al Qathafi, Mu'ammar •Al Qathafi, Muammar •El Gaddafi, Moamar •El Kadhafi, Moammar •El Kazzafi, Moamer •El Qathafi, Mu'Ammar •Gadafi, Muammar •Gaddafi, Moamar •Gadhafi, Mo'ammar •Gathafi, Muammar •Ghadafi, Muammar •Ghaddafi, Muammar •Ghaddafy, Muammar •Gheddafi, Muammar •Gheddafi, Muhammar •Kadaffi, Momar •Kad'afi, Mu`amar al- 20•Kaddafi, Muamar •Kaddafi, Muammar •Kadhafi, Moammar •Kadhafi, Mouammar •Kazzafi, Moammar •Khadafy, Moammar •Khaddafi, Muammar •Moamar al-Gaddafi •Moamar el Gaddafi •Moamar El Kadhafi •Moamar Gaddafi •Moamer El Kazzafi •Mo'ammar el-Gadhafi •Moammar El Kadhafi •Mo'ammar Gadhafi •Moammar Kadhafi •Moammar Khadafy •Moammar Qudhafi •Mu`amar al-Kad'afi •Mu'amar al-Kadafi •Muamar Al-Kaddafi •Muamar Kaddafi •Muamer Gadafi •Muammar Al-Gathafi •Muammar al-Khaddafi •Mu'ammar al-Qadafi •Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi •Muammar al-Qadhafi •Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi •Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhāfī 50

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