12/20/2011 03:35 EST | Updated 12/20/2011 04:05 EST

How To Spell Hanukkah: The Great Mystery Of The Holiday


Forget the "merry Christmas" vs. "happy holidays" debacle -- now that Hanukkah is officially starting, the new issue is how to transliterate the Hebrew word into an English one.

The various options -- which include Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hanaka and many more -- have different origins, but the simplest explanation remains this: the "Ch" spelling is meant to emulate the throat-rumbling "ha" sound that begins the word in Hebrew, while the "H" spelling is geared toward English speakers who will inevitably interpret the Ch as a "cha" sound. Check out this video for a simple pronunciation lesson.

Now, working at a news organization, we get an easy out when it comes to matters such as this -- the official HuffPost stance is Hanukkah, as you can see -- but it's not that simple for the rest of the world. We took to Twitter to find out just how many different ways the holiday might be spelled. Chag sameach (don't even start to attempt that one)!

The Mystery Of Spelling Chanukah (Or Hanukkah ... Or Chanukka)