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Did 'Wheel of Fortune' cheat contestant?


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#1 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

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Presented with the puzzle "SE_EN S_ _NS A-S_ _MM _NG" under the clue "Living Things," the contestant, Renee, correctly guessed "Seven Swans A-Swimming." Only problem? She pronounced it "Seven Swans A-Swimmin'," causing host Pat Sajak to tell her she was incorrect and move on to the next contestant.

Amy, the next contestant, then chooses a V and a W before she's forced to solve the puzzle because all of the remaining letters are vowels. She offers the same response as Renee did seconds earler, but makes sure to emphasize the "G" sound.
After congratulating Amy, Sajak asks, "Do you know what happened there?"
"No, I thought she did it," a baffled Amy responds.
Sajak goes on to explain to Amy (and a pursed-lipped Renee) that Renee incorrectly used "the vernacular" in her guess.


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#2 OFFLINE   hilmar2k

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

Wheel of Fortune has always required exact pronunciations. This isn't new, and has happened before.

So I guess my answer is "no".

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:53 PM

IS funny how she really enunciated every letter than screwed it up at the end.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

While I have never seen this happen on the show myself, I can see how the judges would have a problem with this as she clearly dropped the 'G'.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

I know a lot of people , including myself, that say swimmin.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

I know a lot of people , including myself, that say swimmin.


Just because lots of people say it incorrectly, doesn't make it right. It's a game show centered on words, and proper pronunciation is paramount.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

Just because lots of people say it incorrectly, doesn't make it right. It's a game show centered on words, and proper pronunciation is paramount.



And that's not the lyric, nor how it's sung ...


On the 7th day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
7 swans a-swimming,


Also, there would one less space for a letter in the puzzle board if that were the answer they wanted.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

And that's not the lyric, nor how it's sung ...

Also, there would one less space for a letter in the puzzle board if that were the answer they wanted.


Exactly.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

While I have never seen this happen on the show myself, I can see how the judges would have a problem with this as she clearly dropped the 'G'.

I would have an easier time supporting the decision if the G was not visible on the board. But the rules of the game seem clear and contestants should know to follow the rules to win.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

Time for me to pop in and say... this is a good example of what happens when it becomes taboo to correct people for being incorrect.

Had someone somewhere in that first person's past been "allowed" to correct without being chastised for being "grammar police"... maybe that person could have won some money :)

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

we have a guy with a fair trailer that says "sausage Sangwich" on the side of it, my boss at work offers to take us out to lunch for a sammich, as soon as I figure out what that is I might stop at the trailer or go out to lunch... They just don't teach english anymore, and 4 years ago we had a V.P. candidate who dropped every "G" in every word that should have had one. ohwell, rant over. My son has a key cell phone and if he ever texted me C U L8R I would shove that phone where the sun does not shine.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:42 AM

Wheel of Fortune has always required exact pronunciations. This isn't new, and has happened before.

So I guess my answer is "no".

So if you have a speech defect, don't even try out for the show.

I hate Wheel of Fortune.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:57 AM

People from Dracut, Massachusetts say, "Youse guys". I wonder if that would be a wrong answer if the letters spelled out Y-O-U G-U-Y-S.

I was watching Concentration once when the correct answer to a puzzle was "Archimedes Principle" and when a contestant with really poor enunciation said. "A committee's principle", the host declared that she had correctly solved the puzzle, but by the time they came back from the commercial break, they were concerned that a mistake had been made and had her repeat her answer three or four times before finally ruling that she had not answered correctly and continued the game from there. I would have thought that, with a taped show, they could have just edited that round out and replaced it with another round.

Dumbest answer ever: ST_R_F__M _ _ _. Why waste money on a vowel.? Anyone can see the answer is STYROFOAM HAT!

Trivia question, to be answered without Googling or IMDBing. Who hosted the pilot episode of Wheel of Forutne?

Edited by AntAltMike, 22 December 2012 - 07:40 AM.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:42 AM

So if you have a speech defect, don't even try out for the show.


And a paraplegic shouldn't try out for Wipeout.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:50 AM

So if you have a speech defect, don't even try out for the show.

I hate Wheel of Fortune.

Get Hollywood Squares back.


+1. I miss Hollywood Squares :(

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:14 AM

I've seen this several times where people drop an "s" at the end

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:20 AM

As a series link my wife enjoys....early last night we happened to go through 3-4 episodes from Wheel of Fortune.

Despite not reading about this "incident" in advance - both of us immediately noticed that the contestant "screwed up" by not pronouncing the "G" at the end of the word swimming.

Since there was a missing letter (G) at the end of the puzzle, and all punctuation such as an apostrophe are shown up front...there was no excuse for getting the word wrong. All participants are told the rules prior to the show - pronounce words clearly.

After later seeing this thread, we went back and watched that portion of the show 3 more time and agreed - yeah - she simply blew it.

Ironically, there were other contestants on the show this past week who made similar errors in stating puzzle solutions that were incorrect by 1-2 letters. While "nerves" could be a factor - the contestants were clearly wrong in all cases that we observed.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

I don't think I've watch this show in something like 15 years, but I'm pretty sure I remember some similar incidents back then.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:12 AM

Trivia question, to be answered without Googling or IMDBing. Who hosted the pilot episode of Wheel of Forutne?


I don't know if he was the first, but didn't Chuck Woolery host it at one time?

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

I don't know if he was the first, but didn't Chuck Woolery host it at one time?

Yes...he did.
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