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    Sir-Mass-a-Lot Sylux's Avatar
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    The Jewish celebration of God's blessing of eight days' worth of light from one day's worth of oil.

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    I thought that was Hanukah not Chanukah?

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    I'm Jewish, dude. I think I know how to spell my own holiday.

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    Chill man, forgive my ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylux View Post
    You said winter holiday which encompasses the Solstice
    Oh sorry I didn't know that's what those songs were about. I don't know much about the Solstice, other than it doesn't have very many original songs apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenn View Post
    Oh sorry I didn't know that's what those songs were about. I don't know much about the Solstice, other than it doesn't have very many original songs apparently.
    Lol man it's not a real holiday, it's just a Lovecraftian joke hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peteman View Post
    I thought that was Hanukah not Chanukah?
    It's either, really. It's a transliteration of a Hebrew word and so there's no real 'correct' English spelling. My father's side of the family is Jewish and I was raised Jewish, and honestly I've seen it used alternatively by either end.

    Part of the thing, I think, is the fact that the sounds involved in the correct proncunciation of the word don't quite have analogues in English, hence the Ch.

    Basicaly, TL;DR: Transliterating Hebrew into English is wonky, but it's not quite the clusterfuck that Arabic transliteration is.

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    Baruchatall'a'la aru aru a'deli

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    I have never met anyone who celebrates Kwanzaa. Sure, I've seen it plenty of times in kid cartoons and movies, but never irl. Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodos View Post
    It's either, really. It's a transliteration of a Hebrew word and so there's no real 'correct' English spelling. My father's side of the family is Jewish and I was raised Jewish, and honestly I've seen it used alternatively by either end.

    Part of the thing, I think, is the fact that the sounds involved in the correct proncunciation of the word don't quite have analogues in English, hence the Ch.
    In linguistic terms, I believe it's a uvular fricative, a sound that doesn't exist in English, like you said. We have to compensate with the next nearest sound, which is "h", hence why we often write it as "Hanukah".

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