Jeopardy! contestant mispronounces 'Gangsta,' costing himself $3200

Jeopardy! contestant mispronounces 'Gangsta,' costing himself $3200”

Alas, Alex Trebek's cadre of merciless judges enforce the law by its letter, not by its spirit, which led to the following disqualification: Nick would be docked $3200 because Coolio's song is called "Gangsta's Paradise" with an "-a", not an "-er".

That's something one Jeopardy contestant found out the hard way during a recent episode of the long-running game show. It referred to the song "Gangsta's Paradise" and the book "Paradise Lost".

The mispronunciation was enough that Trebek, who had originally awarded Spicher the money for the answer, not only took back the money but deducted another $1,600. However, host Alex Trebek had the unfortunate task of breaking the news to Spicher a few minutes later that the judges had reviewed his response and could not let him keep the points.

Fortunately for Spicher, he went on to win the Final Jeopardy category.

As such, the show "ultimately ruled against Nick's response of "Gangster's Paradise Lost" because of one syllable.

"It turns out that "gangsta" and "gangster" are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary", states the ruling, "each with its own unique definition".

So, because Spicher's response changed not only the title, but also its meaning, it was rendered unacceptable.

He later admitted his mistake on Twitter. "My first thought was, "Didn't I say "gangsta"?' and I kind of wanted to hear the tape", he tweeted".

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