All anglicized Arabic words are phonetic translations. There is linguistic disagreement about which English spellings best capture the sounds of Arabic, so there is no one "correct" spelling. Fox once ran a story on this subject and cited dozens of spellings of Moamar Khadafi's name (Qadafi, etc.). For example:
Vafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
Ok Arik (757300) so now we can all spell our names differently! Wooo!!
I am now Witelie
(Vitaly is my real name)
I remember flipping through the channels before GWBush was elected and seeing a short clip on the presidential campaign saying J W Bush.... it's their own republican brotha' and they can't even seem to get his name right.
I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3410 times:
Typos in graphics such as 'speed of light' or 'J W Bush' (hadn't heard about that one before) are generally a mistake by an individual person (and I suspect missed by some proofing process), but considering the deadline oriented nature of the business, its forgivable IMHO. I wouldn't judge the integrity of an organization on it unless it happened all the time. Not really a big deal.
P.S. I recall reading an article on why Fox spelled it 'Usama', but the reason escapes me.
FDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3374 times:
>>>Nice to see you are a fan of being misinformed, Concordeboy<<<
Yes Concordeboy, it's quite arrogant of you to deviate from Sabena's, "do not watch list". There is only one way to think, to talk, to like, to dislike, to trust. That is the Sabena 690 way. No room for controversy, to discuss, no room for difference of opinion, no agreeing to disagree. No, you will conform to Sabena 690's worldview - or else.
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3309 times:
Forget spelling, what about pronunciation? Now that is an insult. My fellow Americans act like the English language was made for them and any other is just a joke, like they proceed to pronounce Iraq as "eye-rack" or "ear-rack", instead of the actual pronunciation of "ee-ruck"
Like my name is spelled P-A-V-A-N, how is that pronounced in English? I've heard "pay vin", "pay von", "paw von", etc. Here is something helpful: In India V's sound like W's. From there we get "paw wan", "pay won", "pa juan" (like in Spanish which is bad enough cuz I look like one), etc. It is actually pronounced "pah one".
Granted there is no way anyone can see that in the original, I know all I have to do it tell them, but most people choose to believe that if it is spelled in English, their version is fine.
Case in point: Many news organizations have the utmost disrespect for other cultures. I’ll bet French news' hate pronouncing the word “email”.
And you thought spelling was bad...
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