At Least 42 People Think Hanukkah Is Spelled “Xanuka”

A Vocativ analysis breaks down all the creative spellings of Hanukkah and Chanukah people tweet

Dec 24, 2016 at 2:55 PM ET

Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” begins at sun down on Saturday. Despite the two accepted spellings of the holiday, many that have taken to Twitter to spread Hanukkah cheer have grossly misspelled the occasion’s name.

According to a Vocativ analysis of tweets posted from December 1 to December 23, 143,694 tweets included the “Hanukkah” spelling, while 35,447 others spelled it “Chanukah.” Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there.

Next, 23,130 people spelled the holiday “Hannukah,” while 1,950 spelled it “Channukah.” Another 1,458 people wrote “Chanukkah,” 1,261 wrote “Chanuka,” and 1,259 more typed “Hannuka.” Further, 1,211 people tweeted “Hanuka,” 1,131 wrote “Hanukka,” and 935 more spelled it “Chanukka.” Another 698 people tweeted the spelling “Hannukkah.”

Though 132 people wrote “Channuka,” 96 others wrote “Hannukka,” and 74 more wrote “Channukkah,” others got much more creative with how they decided to spell the Jewish holiday. Another 42 people tweeted “Xanuka,” and 21 others spelled it “Channukka.” Thankfully, only one person spelled the holiday “Chanuqa.”