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Date: 10/04/13 10:53 AM

13 Responses to `Jeopardy!` Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation

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    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2013 at 10:55 am
    Link: `Jeopardy!` Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation - `Jeopardy!` seemingly penalized a contestant because of his accent and the way he pronounced `Elaine.`
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2013 at 11:13 am
    Fidelito never had a chance
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2013 at 11:20 am
    "Fidelito never had a chance"

    He did win this episode though.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    October 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Ridiculous. They should have given him the points for that.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2013 at 11:53 am
    I don`t see the problem. It is in fact "E - lane" and not "UH - lane".
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    soundman655 Male 50-59
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    October 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    This is stupid. In the south, it`s uh-lane.

    Bad form Jeopardy.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    "Shuck it Trebek!"
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    Runemang Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    I think they said "uh-lane" ON Seinfeld many times, so either should`ve been accepted.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    October 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    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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    Golkar Male 18-29
    391 posts
    October 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    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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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    October 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm
    That sucked. I`d sue.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2013 at 12:43 am
    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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