I have never seen the name of a world leader spelled so many ways. I read a news article on Yahoo! News about Moamer Kadhafi. The New York Times says it’s Muammar el-Qaddafi. Los Angeles Times: Moammar Kadafi. CNN: Gadhafi. Al Jazeera: Gaddafi.
Years ago National Lampoon had an article on the many ways to spell the name of the Libyan (or is it Lybian? or Libbyun? or Liberal?) leader. Of course they took it to extremes and claimed that there were dozens of ways to spell the name. Including, if I recall correctly, Gadfly, Krakpotty, Goofy, Kuppacoffee, and even Chicago.
Imagine! How many ways can the world spell Obama? Let me guess — Obomber, Obambi, Oblivious, Obese. O well, at least they all start with O.