Monday, December 26, 2005


Over at Ragged Glory, I explain the history of Chanukah in more detail than you may have seen before.

To my Jewish readers, Happy Chanukah!


At 2:49 AM, December 27, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...


At 3:16 AM, December 28, 2005, Blogger McSwain said...

Thank you, heading over! My son was telling me what he knew about Chanukah, which sadly was more than I remember. So I need to go get an education.

At 10:35 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger Janet said...

I'm still working on how to spell it, let alone anything else. Thanks for the tips!

At 7:07 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

There must be wrong ways to spell Chanukah, but I'm not sure there's a right way! You probably know this, but I'll explain it for the benefit of others.

"Chanukah" is a Hebrew word which must be transliterated into English. "Transliterated" because Hebrew has a different alphabet, and there is no direct correspondence between the Hebrew letters and our English alphabet. There are four points at which spellings diverge:

• does it begin with "Ch" or just "H"? (Or, more formally, with a diacritical marking, "H" with a dot under it?)
• is there one "N" or two?
• is there one "K" or two?
• does it end with "A" or "AH"?

Joe came up with a helpful idea. Joe googled sixteen different spellings and he tells us how many of hits he got for each of them. The clear "winner" is Hanukkah, with 8,470,000 hits. The spelling I use, Chanukah, came next with 3,390,000 hits.

Other spellings lag far behind, but each of the following received between 100,000 and 1,000,000 hits: Hanukah, Hannukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Hanuka, and Chanukka.

Take your pick!

At 3:54 PM, December 30, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I opt for the simple explanation of it is correct because that is how I do it. ;)


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