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'Jeopardy!' Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation

Hits: 4721 | Rating: (3.6) | Category: Entertainment | Added by: Smutleybutt
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Suicism
Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:43:46 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.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13917 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 10:16:13 PM
That sucked. I'd sue.

Golkar
Male, 18-29, Canada
 394 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 9:35:39 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.

freddyferret
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11692 Posts
Friday, October 04, 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.

Runemang
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2503 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 7:31:04 PM
I think they said "uh-lane" ON Seinfeld many times, so either should've been accepted.

RoboPatton
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2429 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 4:02:45 PM


"Shuck it Trebek!"

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10065 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 1:39:54 PM
This is stupid. In the south, it's uh-lane.

Bad form Jeopardy.

soundman655
Male, 50-59, Canada
 1484 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 12:18:25 PM
?????????????

elkingo
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3348 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 11:53:07 AM
I don't see the problem. It is in fact "E - lane" and not "UH - lane".

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 4835 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 11:25:33 AM

Ridiculous. They should have given him the points for that.

FoolsPrussia
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3398 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 11:20:16 AM
"Fidelito never had a chance"

He did win this episode though.

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 11:13:40 AM
Fidelito never had a chance

Smutleybutt
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 895 Posts
Friday, October 04, 2013 10:55:09 AM
Link: 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Penalized For Pronunciation [Rate Link] - 'Jeopardy!' seemingly penalized a contestant because of his accent and the way he pronounced 'Elaine.'


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