New York – How Do u Spell Correctly Chanukah, Hanukah

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    New York – Trying to spell that upcoming Jewish holiday with the eight nights is a lot like playing “Wheel of Fortune.” You know there’s an “H,” an “N” and a “K”, but you’re not sure how many and in what order. And what about that “C”? Is there or isn’t there? It’s a hard puzzle to solve. In fact, buying a vowel may be your only hope. Even two conservative rabbis agree there’s no real correct spelling since, technically, the word is Hebrew. “It has solely to do with how it gets transliterated,” says Rabbi Mark Greenspan. “And it’s different for everyone.” The Post learned this firsthand when several New Yorkers suggested explanations for six different spellings!

    HANUKAH

    “It has the shortest amount of letters.” – Rebecca

    HANNUKAH

    “It’s the more phonetic way.” – Tracy

    HANUKKAH

    ” ‘Chanukah’ or ‘Chanuka’ seems so old-fashioned and early Brooklyn. Hanukkah with an ‘H’ seems happy, hip and generous!” – Barbara

    CHANUKAH

    “We the Chosen People have got to own that guttural ‘CH’ sound whenever possible, lest it be lost to us and reserved only for throat-clearing and loogie-

    hocking. And there need only be one ‘K’ in this word. Two is just excessive. (Besides, you can save the tile and use it on another word; it’s worth three points, you shnorrer!) What’s more, Chanukah has eight letters, each of which can represent one of eight crazy nights to come!” – Dan

    CHANNUKAH

    “The ‘CH’ is more Jew-y. And you must double your consonants whenever possible. This way, you sound like an ol’ biblical sage.” – Gabe

    CHANUKKAH

    “When writing a Jew, I spell it ‘Chanukkah’ because Jews get that excellent guttural, throaty thing going. When communicating with goyim I’ll spell it Hanukkah.” – Ken

    So spin the wheel, er, dreidel: Everyone leaves with a bag of chocolate coins or a plate of greasy latkes, no matter how it’s spelled!


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