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Happy Thanksgivukkah! America goes crazy for made up holiday words

28th November 2013

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Most of us will be aware that today is Thanksgiving for our friends across the pond – but did you know that it is also the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights?

The crossover is something that won’t happen again until 2070, according to the interwebs, and naturally, this has given way to the creation of a few neologisms/clever word hybrids.

Yes, intense wordplay is taking place in the good old US of A, and that's something we should all be thankful for.

The Thanksgivukkah phenomenon,which allegedly originated in the Boston area and was immortalised through Facebook, was allegedly inspired by early noughties geek-god, The OC’s Seth Cohen. Remember Chrismukkah, everyone?  

Here’s a reminder:

Not everyone is feeling in a linguistically happy place this Thanksgivukkah, however. Israeli newspaper Haaretz believes that the actual name should be Chanksgiving, in reference to Chanukah/Chanukkah – the alternative name for Hanukkah. We think this sounds vaguely like a threat of violence rather than a one off historical/religious celebration – however, tensions are high. We heard.

Let's all move on from this, though, and remember that today we're supposed to be giving thanks (those of us who are American, at least.)

So, happy Thanksgivukkah everyone!If you’re in blustery blighty (as we are) we bet you wish you were in New York, eating pumpkin pie whilst watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and admiring your Menurkey.

Menurkey: a turkey shaped Menorah. Yes, this is a real thing.There's a picture of one at the top of this article, in fact.

The Menurkey has now been immortalised forever in a song entieled ‘Hannukah, O Hannukah (Introducing the Menurkey!)’ courtesy of The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Which might just be the highlight of this day... whatever name you choose to remember it by.

As if this wasn’t enough there’s also the Turkorah. We can’t fully establish what this is, but we have a sneaking suspicion that it might just be another Menurkey under a different guise.

We think this might be enough celebratory word play/religious education for one day. Instead, and in honour of this most patriotic celebrations of Americana, here are some of our favourite (fictional) American people embracing great hair and having a super fun turkey day whilst they’re at it:

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