There is a saying “put two Jews into a room and you get three opinions.” This perhaps may explain the myriad spellings of
(silent J)Chan nukkah h. That’s only my humble opinion. Oh sure, there’s the closer to Hebrew/more American/easier to remember rationales, but what is really the right way to spell Chanukkah? Can’t we all just agree on one spelling and use it? The answer may be as complicated as peace in the region, but let’s press onward.
Now as many of my friends and family are in fact, Goyim, I have decided to include the handy pie chart of spellings up above. This way you can choose from the most oft used and less likely to call attention to yourselves, Hanukkah (a wopping 39%) or its close contender, Chanukah (31%). Really you can’t go wrong either way there. On the other hand, nothing says, “I’m down with your people” like choosing any from the 5% categories. Those are all spellings any Jew themselves might use (in fact I shuffle them in with the more popular myself). On the other hand the two in the 4% category seem to harbor some sort of conspiracy in their spelling (it’s a Jewish thing) so I’d just steer clear. Ditto on the 7% – that spike is due to a Hallmark error that hit circulation two years ago (not even your Reform Rabbi/Priest would be caught dead using that one).
I hope this post and chart have been helpful. Stay tuned for its follow-up “Just how do you pronounce the “ch” in Channukah?”
Below is an absolutely fun band which I might have featured in my upcoming Spin this weekend, but I just couldn’t wait (and um, Snuppy seemed to need another post in the queueue for publishing, so what the heck?!). They are the LeeVees and nobody rocks Chanuckkuhh like them! What’s that? You don’t even know the Dreidl Song? Hit their link and get schooled. I’m not sure if you’ll know for sure how to spell it after watching, but you’ll have a laugh in the process:
~ DJ LAMPSHA
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