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How do you spell 'Gadhafi'?

I write “Gaddafi,” you write “Khaddafy,” let’s call the whole regime off! 

Libya’s leader has been on the world stage for more than 40 years, since he seized power in 1969 – yet major news organizations cannot agree on how to spell his name.

What gives? Why the disconnect? Apparently the difficulty of translating Arabic into English (as well as other languages) has stymied any uniform spelling.

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However, the Business Insider thought that was a lame excuse, so they provided a good explanation of the subtleties of the Arabic translation in a column headlined: “EXPLAINED! Why No One Knows How The Hell To Spell Qaddafi/ Gadhafi/Gaddafi/ Qadhafi.”

Meantime here is a short list of some of the various spellings by major news organizations.

AP style (which msnbc.com follows): Moammar Gadhafi

Reuters/BBC/ Al Jazeera English: Muammar Gaddafi

New York Times:  Muammar el-Qaddafi

Washington Post: Moammar Gaddafi

New York Post: Col. Moamar Khadafy

CBS News: Muammar Qaddafi

AFP: Moamer Kadhafi

And there are apparently dozens of other spellings. So many that when ABC News tackled the question two years ago they discovered 112 different spellings.

What do you think? Which spelling would you go with?