So Libya has a dictator named Muammar el-Qaddaffi. And he's a seriously bad dude. I get that. And what's going on over there has serious implications for the US and the rest of the world. But that isn't what this is about. No, no, no.
I realize this is hardly news to most people any more. Even Saturday night live did a bit about it in 1981 so yeah, I"m a little slow on the uptick. Here's my thing though. I am a stickler for things being spelled correctly, good grammar and all the niceties of proper writing. But why can no two news stations spell his name the same way? In fact, if you watch 2 or 3 different stories on the same station you're likely to see his name spelled differently in each one depending on the producer or director. All I want to see is the Western media come to a consensus and stick with it.
I have one of those names that no one ever gets correct in both spelling and pronunciation so I'm particularly sensitive to it. Surely, the man has a preference on how his name is spelled while we are
making him the current face of the devil publicizing the plight of the rebels in his country. Maybe someone should just ask him. You know, he might not be so damn cranky if we just could manage to get his name right.
The bracket in the picture above is a sort of a schematic for spelling his name. In the first line I spelled it my favorite way. What's yours?