Saturday, June 03, 2006

You could look it up...

in this year's national spelling bee, hechsher and knaidel were both in round 8.

For the record, I don't think I've ever seen those spellings of those words.

Thankfully, they didn't use Hanukkah. Remember, it's not pronounced Chanukah, the C is silent in Hanukka.

4 Comments:

Blogger sched1/david. said...

they disqualified a girl for spelling hechsher correctly, too! they had a second c in it. later, they corrected their mistake and let her back in.

7:01 AM  
Blogger ZT said...

is there a silent j?

4:50 PM  
Blogger Charlie Pottins said...

"Hechsher" is quite a common spelling in the UK,likewose "Chanukah".

I know YIVO gives "kh" in many words that we spell with a "Ch", but we are used to the "ch" in words like "loch", even if only Scots and Jews pronounce it correctly.

Besides, "Chanukah" goes better with "Christmas", even if some pals wish me a "Merry Chanukmas".

5:34 AM  
Blogger ALG said...

Hechsher is a pretty standard spelling in the general American Orthodox scene as well. I think of "kh" as an academic pretension that makes a distinction between "kaf" (kh) and "chet" (h), which most non-Hebrew speakers could care less about. In this system, it's hekhsher and halakha but Hanukah and hag sameah, etc.

5:34 PM  

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