`Jeopardy!` Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation

Submitted by: Smutleybutt 4 years ago in Entertainment

"Jeopardy!" seemingly penalized a contestant because of his accent and the way he pronounced "Elaine."
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Male 3,631
Jeopardy is vigilant - and as always, they come through with what is justified. His answer was accepted - but seriously, a minor dialectical diversion (which I would have recognized in informal discourse immediately) emphasizing the soft-e vs the hard E? They`re on the spot, but seriously, there isn`t really another proper name that reflects anything materially similar to "Elaine" no matter how you pronounce it, so that guy who lost $1,000 from answering secondarily should have been refunded his money if the original ruling was incorrect, and honestly: when Alex Trebek is going to such lengths to pronounce the contestant`s name correctly (as in, it being foreign and all) there should be some margin for variation accounted for preemptively. In other words, I`ve heard WORSE iterations of Jeopardy questions what weren`t second-guessed in the first place. Alex is a slave to the judges, so there you have it.
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Male 15,832
That sucked. I`d sue.
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Male 391
Watched this episode, he accidentally added a soft H to the front of the name. This would change the spelling to "Helaine" which is definitively incorrect. There are no hijinks, it`s a simple mispronunciation which cost him the cash.
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Male 11,739
I would have walked off right there and told them all to go f*ck themselves, even if I wasn`t the one who said it "wrong". That is stupid.
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Male 2,675
I think they said "uh-lane" ON Seinfeld many times, so either should`ve been accepted.
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Male 2,424


"Shuck it Trebek!"
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Male 10,338
This is stupid. In the south, it`s uh-lane.

Bad form Jeopardy.
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Male 1,558
?????????????
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Male 5,620
I don`t see the problem. It is in fact "E - lane" and not "UH - lane".
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Male 7,031

Ridiculous. They should have given him the points for that.
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Male 3,445
"Fidelito never had a chance"

He did win this episode though.
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Male 15,510
Fidelito never had a chance
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Male 1,377
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