Hannukah Poll! 

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Hannukah Poll! 

Hannukah Poll! 

The other day, a friend asked me how to spell Hanukkah. I said there’s no right way, since it’s a Hebrew word, and everyone spells it differently. But then I got to thinking. How do other people spell Chanukah? Is there a trend by, like, age or location or Jewish-ness?

So I’m asking for as many people as possible to tell me how you spell Chanuka. Ask your friends! Ask your parents! And if you can and feel comfortable, include a bit of information about your circumstances so we can look for trends. Thank you!!

I spell it Hannukah, and I’m Jewish, female, and a young teen. How about you? 

submitted by Kitten, Pondering
(December 27, 2019 - 3:00 pm)

I spell it Chanukah, and I'm Jewish, female, and a teenager. I think most of my family spells it similarly. This is a really interesting poll, though you're 100% right about there being no correct spelling— Hebrew doesn't precisely correlate to English so people just spell it phonetically, which leads to a lot of (equally correct!) variation.

submitted by Abigail, age Old enough, Inside my head
(December 27, 2019 - 8:40 pm)

Oh boy. I think I spell it Hannukah, (although I feel like I have also spelled it before with one n and a double k) and I'm nonpracticing Catholic, female, and a teenager.

submitted by Leafy, age No, not a cat
(December 28, 2019 - 9:12 am)

I spell it Hannukah and I don't practice any religion, am female, and a teen.

submitted by Spell Caster
(December 28, 2019 - 4:35 pm)

I think I spell it Hannukah? I'm not sure I've ever actually had to spell the word out before, but that's the spelling that would come to mind for me. I'm a teenager, female, and a Christian. 

submitted by Leeli
(December 29, 2019 - 8:42 am)

I spell it Hanukkah. I'm a Methodist and also sort of an unofficial Buddhist (but Buddhism is more of a school of thought than a religion, as they don't believe in any god) a female, and a teen.

submitted by Sybill, age ????, Kyngdom
(December 29, 2019 - 5:53 pm)

I spell it Hanukkah or Hannukah, and I'm female, a preteen, and Christian. 

submitted by Secret
(December 30, 2019 - 11:31 am)

I spell it Hanukkah. I don't think I've ever actually seen Chanuka before now. I'm a Catholic female pre-teen.

submitted by Luna-Starr, age 27 eons, Existential Ponderment
(December 30, 2019 - 10:48 am)

I spell it either Hannukah or Hanukkah, I'm Catholic, female, and I will be 13 January 31st!

submitted by Nyx, age 12 years, earth
(December 30, 2019 - 11:55 am)

I've heard that there are sixteen different ways to spell Hanukkah. You can do it with a Ch or an H, a single or double N, a single or double K, and an optional H at the end. Personally, I spell it Hanukkah, although I occasionally write Chanukkah. I'm a female Jewish teen.

submitted by Summer, age pi, Nowhere at all
(December 30, 2019 - 10:35 pm)

oh, yeah, i don't think there's any real way to spell it. i usually write it either hannukah or chanukah, i think, depending on who i'm talking to. 'course, חנוכה works too xp 

submitted by coyotedomino, age 16.5, Elsewhere
(December 31, 2019 - 8:33 pm)

Eeeep coyote *tackle hugs* Hiiiiii

submitted by Leafy, age No, not a cat
(January 1, 2020 - 11:23 am)

*hhhugs* heyo, Leafy—

submitted by coyotedomino, age 16.5 or so, Taco Bell
(January 6, 2020 - 8:44 am)

I usually spell it Chanukah, but there really is no right way to spell it in English. Or sometimes Hanukkah. I'm a female, Jewish, and 16, for reference. 

(Also, hi guys, how are y'all I haven't been on here in a while) 

submitted by Dandelion
(January 1, 2020 - 8:24 pm)

If it's formal/others will be reading it and possibly judge me, I go with Hanukkah because that's how Google spells it. But Hannukah makes more sense to my brain, idk. I'm agnostic and a teenager.

submitted by Gimel, i made you out of clay
(January 1, 2020 - 9:52 pm)

Just recently I switched to spelling it as Chanukah, but before I spelled it Hannukah, a Jewish Rabbi came to our school and talked to us and that is how he spelled it. I'm not Jewish, but I'm a Christian. I go to a Christian school and a Jewish Rabbi came to our school to talk about Jewish feasts and about anti-semitism.

submitted by Barnswallow
(January 2, 2020 - 9:53 am)