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Are there 2 ways to spell Chaunnakah? If so what is the difference between the two?

post #1 of 12
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Sorry if I spelled that wrong. I always thought Chaunnakah was spelled with a C, but on my calendar it is spelled Hanukkah.



What is the difference?


Thanks
post #2 of 12
it's a transliteration of a hebrew word so you'll see lots of different spellings

the H or the CH is because the first letter in hebrew makes a sound that doesn't exist in the English language (say H but far back in your throat - like you're clearing your throat)

the two N 2 Ks ending with an H or what not is all basically how you grew up spelling it.

we spell it Hanukkah in my house
post #3 of 12
I supose the only correct way would be in Hebrew I like the 'Ch' spelling because it represents the guttural sound in Hebrew - kind of.
post #4 of 12
yeah, I was going to say it is spelled corrects ches nun vuv caf heh
Anything else, doesn't matter too much it is transliteration.
post #5 of 12
Completely

Osiris is the Greek name for Au Sir.

Isis is the Greek name of Au Set.

Horus is the Greek name for Hor.

Hathor should be pronounced Hat Hor, not hath-or. Hat Hor means house of Hor, since she is considered to be his mother. (So is Au Set.)
post #6 of 12
Personally would prefer if it was Englishly spelled "Khanuka."



post #7 of 12
Let's see.. I've seen:

Channukah
Channuka
Hannukah
Hannuka
Channakah
Channaka
Hannakah
Hannaka
Chanukah
Chanuka
Hanukah
Hanuka
Chanakah
Chanaka
Hanakah
Hanaka

take your pick!
post #8 of 12
LOL!! not on your list but I actually misspelled it on our cards this year - I had printed "Happy Hunukkah from our family" and no one commented! either no one noticed or they just figure "well there's another way to spell it I haven't seen before"
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by merpk
Personally would prefer if it was Englishly spelled "Khanuka."
Wow! That's the closest I've ever seen to fitting the way I've always heard it pronounced. Why isn't it spelled like that?
post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by stafl
Wow! That's the closest I've ever seen to fitting the way I've always heard it pronounced. Why isn't it spelled like that?

Beats me. Always thought it made more sense, and the "ch" thing makes no sense to me. And think it's khutzpa to spell it otherwise.

:LOL Khakhakhakhakha ... ahem.

post #11 of 12
Someone get Amy a drink of water.
post #12 of 12
Am no longer pregnant, thankyouverymuch.

Make it a vodka on the rocks.

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