'Jeopardy' contestant loses $3,200 for mispronouncing 'gangsta's'
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Contestants on "Jeopardy" are pretty good about remembering to provide their answers in the form of a question. But, as one contestant learned, pronunciation is also very important to a correct answer.
The clue was read by show host Alex Trebek as follows:
A song by Coolio from "Dangerous Minds" goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.
Contestant Nick Spicher seemed to have answered correctly with "What is Gangster's Paradise Lost?"
Trebek initially said it was correct and Spicher was awarded $1,600 for his answer.
Later in the show, Trebek revealed that the judges had overruled Spicher's answer and it cost him $3,200.
"You said 'gangster's' instead of 'gangsta's' as sung by Coolio," Trebek said.
The game show addressed the judges' decision on Twitter saying, "Today we learned that there's a huge difference between a 'gangster' and a 'gangsta.'"
It turns out that “gangsta” and “gangster” are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition. Nick changed not only the song’s title, but also its meaning – making his response unacceptable.
Despite the blunder, Spicher went on to win Final Jeopardy.