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Did 'Wheel of Fortune' cheat contestant?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by fluffybear, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. trainman

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    Sherman...
    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.
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

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    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.
     
  3. tonyd79

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    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.

    Wheel of Fortune is a game show for boobs and proved it is run by them as well.
     
  4. trainman

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    Sherman...
    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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  5. SayWhat?

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    Looks more like a younger Chuck Barris.
     
  6. dpeters11

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

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    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.
     
  8. Carl Spock

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    I'm just trying to imagine Paul Lynde saying, "Yo, hommies, watz up?" followed by that smirky laugh of his.
     
  9. hdtvfan0001

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    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.
     
  10. Henry

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    +1
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    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.
     
  12. renbutler

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    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.
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    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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