Learn Something New: Gaddafi, Kadafi, or Qaddafi?Posted: February 26, 2011
Why is it so hard to spell the Lybian leaders name? Why are there so many variations on the spelling of his name? Transliteration is the answer. Transliteration is the transcription of a word or name, into corresponding letters of another alphabet. The Arabic language is one of the most widely spoken Semitic in the world and the pronunciation of words varies across the different regions. A famous roadblock for any Arabic to English translator is the Arabic “q.” Depending on the region, it can be replaced with k, g, or gh sound. This explains the different variations of the spelling.