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!