HAPPY HANNUKAH 2014
I’m so glad that Hannukah gets eight nights all to itself this year. Often it has to share a day with Christmas, and last year, the second night even fell on Thanksgiving, creating the immortal Thanksgivukah!
But there’s not much to ever say about it, expect to wish all my peeps a happy one.
The one observation I have about this holiday, especially as a writer (and a stickler for all things spelling and grammar and speaking correctly,) is that I’ve always been uncomfortable about the spelling of it.
As I even just typed the word into the title of this column, I got unsure of myself. I know there are different spellings of the word, but writing it still makes me anxious. I always want to do right by the English language.
I notice that my hands just usually type it the way I did above. But, in my ever-present attempts to do things right, I just Googled it. And found that, not only is the above correct, along with two alternate ways I would have spelled it, but there are several other, as well!
These are the most popular ones I found: Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hannukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Hanuka, Channukah, Chanukka. All I can say is, “Oy gevalt!”
So, no matter how you spell it, if you celebrate it, I wish you a Very Happy Hannukah!