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`Jeopardy!` Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation

`Jeopardy!` seemingly penalized a contestant because of his accent and the way he pronounced `Elaine.`

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`Jeopardy!` Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation. `Jeopardy!` seemingly penalized a contestant because of his accent and the way he pronounced `Elaine.`
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Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:43:45 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.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Friday, October 4, 2013 10:16:13 PM
That sucked. I'd sue.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 394 Posts
Friday, October 4, 2013 9:35:38 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.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11735 Posts
Friday, October 4, 2013 8:22:36 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.

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2682 Posts
Friday, October 4, 2013 7:31:03 PM
I think they said "uh-lane" ON Seinfeld many times, so either should've been accepted.

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