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Did 'Wheel of Fortune' cheat contestant?


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#41 OFFLINE   trainman

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

Quite randomly... while looking for clips from Woolery's Scrabble on YouTube... I came to the realization that IF they should ever make a movie about Chuck Woolery (why would they do that? I don't know)... George Clooney should play Woolery.


I can think of a game show host he'd be even better at portraying: his father Nick Clooney (who hosted a show called "The Money Maze," which had a brief run in the mid-1970s).

Of course, they'd probably be even less likely to make a Nick Clooney movie than a Chuck Woolery movie.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:38 PM

I didn't know his father hosted a gameshow. In fact, I didn't know anyone other than his aunt was ever involved in show business at all.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:25 AM

It's not about meaning. It's about correct spelling and enunciation.

A Boston accent doesn't change how the word is spelled they way leaving a letter off does.


Crap. Dropping a g is no different tan adding letters.

If it is about enunciation, ten a Bostonian adding an "h" or saying a clicker is a clicka sure is bad enunciation and stupid.

Or you think every quote in history was pronounced how it is currently spelled.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:40 PM

I didn't know his father hosted a gameshow. In fact, I didn't know anyone other than his aunt was ever involved in show business at all.


Since his one national game show only had a fairly brief run, Nick Clooney was more well-known as a local TV personality in Cincinnati: he was a news anchor and a local talk-show host there for many years.

Here's a shot from the "Money Maze" set, with Nick Clooney at the far right:

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

Looks more like a younger Chuck Barris.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

Since his one national game show only had a fairly brief run, Nick Clooney was more well-known as a local TV personality in Cincinnati: he was a news anchor and a local talk-show host there for many years.

Here's a shot from the "Money Maze" set, with Nick Clooney at the far right:


Very true, he is still extremely popular here. I'd take Nick Clooney over Nick or Drew Lachey as a celebrity any day.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:55 AM

Sorry, guys, but this is not a matter of "correct" or "incorrect."

The English language has multiple dialects. Saying "swimmin" is not "incorrect." Wheel of Fortune can use whatever rules they want, but we cannot say it's "incorrect."

I say this as a professional writer with an English degree. I use STANDARD English. It's not correct, it's just standard! But it would behoove to write in the most neutral way possible to convey what I'm trying to say.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:36 AM

Get Hollywood Squares back.


It is back -- on MTV2 under the title "Hip Hop Squares."

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

Sorry, guys, but this is not a matter of "correct" or "incorrect."

The English language has multiple dialects. Saying "swimmin" is not "incorrect." Wheel of Fortune can use whatever rules they want, but we cannot say it's "incorrect."

In the context of the topic at hand - this game show - you are incorrect.

The game has rules, and the contestants are specifically briefed on them prior to each game that they must enunciate all their words clearly and loud enough to be heard. In this case...the contestant simply blew it. It's not the first time, nor will it be the last.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

In the context of the topic at hand - this game show - you are incorrect.

The game has rules, and the contestants are specifically briefed on them prior to each game that they must enunciate all their words clearly and loud enough to be heard. In this case...the contestant simply blew it. It's not the first time, nor will it be the last.


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

In the context of the topic at hand - this game show - you are incorrect.

The game has rules, and the contestants are specifically briefed on them prior to each game that they must enunciate all their words clearly and loud enough to be heard. In this case...the contestant simply blew it. It's not the first time, nor will it be the last.


Exactly... they have specific enunciation requirements on the show because of the kind of puzzles and the nature of the game. Sometimes they are using slang and wouldn't have a "G" at the end and someone would be buzzed wrong if they pronounced a G that wasn't there.

The rules are meant to try and guide people to pronounce only what is in the puzzle to be sure the contestant really solves the puzzle and they don't just think he did. Clarity and enunciation are key in the game.

IF you ask for an "M" be sure they know you mean "M" and not "N"... same for "B" and "D"... be clear so they give you the letter you ask for... same goes for solving the puzzle. The contestants are briefed I'm sure on those rules.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

In the context of the topic at hand - this game show - you are incorrect.

The game has rules, and the contestants are specifically briefed on them prior to each game that they must enunciate all their words clearly and loud enough to be heard. In this case...the contestant simply blew it. It's not the first time, nor will it be the last.


Ha, what? I said Wheel of Fortune can use whatever rules they want. It's as if you read only a couple sentences of my post and then ignored everything else.

I wasn't incorrect. The discussion became about what's "correct" and "incorrect" in modern English. That's what I was addressing.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:00 PM

I wasn't incorrect. The discussion became about what's "correct" and "incorrect" in modern English. That's what I was addressing.

OK...then again...English is English...dialect is dialect...and slang is slang.

In terms of this topic and this specific game show situation - the contestant's attempt at responding in English according to the rules of the game was incorrect.

I hope this is perhaps a better clarification.
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