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    #1

    the spelling of the Libyan leader

    Why do we have so many different spellings of the Libyan leader?
    Gathafi,Kadafi,Gadafy,Gaddafi ,Qaddafi, etc


    Also, the name of the most famous Egyptian pharaoh:

    Tutankhamun,Tutankhamon,Tutankhamen,

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    Re: the spelling of the Libyan leader

    People are unsure about the how to spell words that are not originally written in in the Roman alphabet, so they do the best they can.

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    Re: the spelling of the Libyan leader

    Huh. I thought the most famous pharaoh was spelled Ramses II.
    Or maybe Cleopatra.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 10-Feb-2012 at 18:04.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the spelling of the Libyan leader

    How Many Different Ways Can You Spell ‘Gaddafi’? 112.

    Why is the Libyan leader’s name spelled so many different ways? Transliteration.

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    #5

    Re: the spelling of the Libyan leader

    However you spell it, he's not the leader any more.

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