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Posted: 1:58 pm Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
A ‘Jeopardy’contestant mispronounced Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” he lost $3,200 and got knocked down to 2nd place.
Via Love B Scott:
Nick Spicher learned that pronouncing a ‘hard r’ can get you in trouble in more ways than one.
Nick was a contestant on Jeopardy Monday night, where he was asked to provide the question to a clue that included Coolio’s song “Gangsta’s Paradise” and author John Milton’s book “Paradise Lost.”
He answered with “Gangster’s Paradise Lost” — which was almost correct — except he said -sterinstead of -sta.
Nick was awarded $1,600 at first, but the judges weren’t having it and deducted the money when judges found his answer to be inaccurate, taking away an additional $1,600.
The official Jeopardy website declares:
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.