How do you spell Chanukah?!

How do you spell Chanukah?!

Pronouncing it is a whole other blog post! The first two letters make a throaty sounds like you have something in there you want to spit out. Just like in Challah, the delicious bread we eat every Shabbat, or Charoset, a yummy mix of apples, wine, walnuts and cinnamon on Passover.

It is fun for me to research to get accurate information, and pass it on to my fellow Jews as well as everyone else that may also be fascinated with little details and facts like myself.

Enjoy all the spellings,

Plus gorgeous original art with some history of the Macabees,

Chag Sameach,

Happy Chanukah

Coach Yulia,

 

Steven Resnicoff
Not sure how to spell Hanukkah?
In 2005, Joemaller.com provided the following information:
Sixteen ways to spell Hanukkah
For the record:

 

Hanukkah : 8,470,000 hits.
Chanukah : 3,390,000 hits.
Hanukah : 862,000 hits.
Hannukah : 677,000 hits.
Chanuka : 335,000 hits.
Chanukkah : 274,000 hits.
Hanuka : 192,000 hits.
Channukah : 128,000 hits.
Chanukka : 116,000 hits.*
Hanukka : 86,300 hits.
Hannuka : 51,400 hits.
Hannukkah : 37,300 hits.
Channuka : 33,600 hits.
Xanuka : 992 hits.
Hannukka : 686 hits.
Channukkah : 508 hits.
Channukka : 489 hits.*
Chanuqa : 25 hits.

With the exception of a few wildcards, there are 16 different spellings, based on four phonetic variations:

The word starts with “H” or “Ch”
Second consonant is “nn” or “n”
Third consonant is “kk” or “k”
The word ends with “ah” or “a”
I think I must have grown up with “Chanukah”, because it look most right to me. At Lila’s pre-school Hanukkah party, there were three different spellings within 10 feet of one another. In the interest of ending the ridiculousness of the dozens of spellings, I’m going forward with “Hanukkah” which is the preferred spelling used by the Library of Congress. At least it’s always the same in Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה

This would be a fun thing to make dynamic, even chart over time. If only I had time… Jeremy Blachman did the same Hanukkah spelling thing in 2004, interesting to see how much bigger the Google indexes have grown in 12 months.

See results for other years: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006.

* These seem to be popular spellings in German.

Michael B Schwartz
In 168 BCE the Jewish Capital of Jerusalem was attacked by Epiphanes IV. The Maccabees persevered. 3 years later an 8 day dedication that became Chanukah. #HappyChanukah ! #MBSarts
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