Say My Name: Gaddafi – Now Spell It!

By Kiti Bolea

Article first published as Say My Name: Gaddafi – Now Spell It! on Technorati. I published it there first, and here again for my blog readers. Enjoy!

Hands up all those who have hurriedly speed typed their way through the Libyan crisis, hurling well thought out abuse at the Libyan leader; hold on, what’s his name again? Was it Qadhafi? No, I’m pretty sure it’s Kadafi. Or is it Gadalfi? Kaldafi?

Slap me silly and call me a monkeys uncle, but this is one heck of a tongue twister I didn’t see coming! Do a search on Twitter on the Libyan crisis, sit back and watch the stream of various global name interpretations of the African fascist.

Here’s a few versions I’ve come across, keyed by unsuspecting posters:

1. Gadafi | 2. Gadhafi | 3. Qaddafi | 4. Khadafi | 5. Kadhafi | 6. Qadhafi | 7. Kadafi | 8. Gadalfi | 9. Kaldafi | 10. Galdafi | 11. Gandalfi | 12. Khadafy | 13. Quadhafi

According to Time, Gaddafi is spelled القذافي in Arabic. Taking into account the intricate pronunciations and translations, the Libyan head bully’s name should be spelled “Qadhafi.” If Google is anything to go by, I’ll just stick with Gaddafi.

I can just imagine him shimming his despot rump along to Rihanna’s “What’s My Name”!

Speaking of which, I would bet a tear gas canister that Beyoncé sang “Say My Name” during their 2010 New Years private bash in St. Barth, back when democracy was still but a whisper! Apparently she was paid millions to entertain that old bag. Bet she’s kicking herself now with her custom made baby seal boots!

Personally I feel that Busta Rhymes should have entertained them back then. Hit them with some mega speed rapping, fry some brain cells and get them all dazed and confused! They’d still be partying now! Would have made the plight of the pro-democracy demonstrators a heck of a lot easier!

4 thoughts on “Say My Name: Gaddafi – Now Spell It!

  1. Interesting point of view. Wondering what you think of it’s implication on society as a whole though? There are times when things like this begin to have global expansion and frustration. I’ll check back to see what you have to say.

    1. Hi Vilma. Thanks for your thoughts. I’m going to take a stab here and assume that you’re referring to celebrities entertaining tyrants for money, and its implication on society. In my view, a job is just that..a job. Whether you’re the chef for that fascist family, or their new years entertainment like Beyonce and Mariah Carey’s case. We wouldn’t roast the chef (excuse the pun) as greedy because they dared cook a meal for the Gaddafi family. At the time when the singers chose to entertain the family (for a heck of a lot of cash), the Gaddafi’s weren’t ordering their army empty live rounds at pro-democracy protesters. So at the time, it was just business, even though morally it was a real slap in the face to so many Libyans. But hey, how many of us can say our moral compass hasn’t quivered every now and then! Knowing what we know now and seeing what we’re seeing and hearing what’s going on in Libya, its easy to give the artists the evil eye! Hopefully, this sets an example to future artists when it comes to providing entertainment to dictators.

      Thanks for reading🙂

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