Thursday, June 02, 2011

Someone has no idea how English works

On Wheel of Fortune, the category was 'Before and After' - where the middle line makes a phrase with the top and with the bottom. The board read:
Yeah, all she needed was "stock". So she spun (and I'm thinking, as I often do, 'watch out - greed'll get you') and then guessed ...


Yeah. She thought NT or CN were valid ways to deal with _TOC_ ...

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At 12:40 AM, June 03, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

And here I figured you'd be commenting on the major gaffe in one of tonight's clues on "Jeopardy!"

At least a game-show contestant (e.g., on "Wheel") can always claim stage-fright as an alibi, whereas a clue (e.g., on "Jeopardy!") ought to have been checked enough times for an error to have been caught of the magnitude that the average 5th-grader (the standard on another quiz show) ostensibly knows better than to make -- or at least that most 10-year-olds would've known back in my day.

At 5:23 AM, June 03, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I didn't get home in time to watch Jeopardy! Last night. What was the gaffe???

At 12:32 PM, June 03, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Oh my, Ridger, it was a beaut!

In the category of "British Cuisine" (never mind that some would consider this an oxymoron!) one of the clues was something to the effect of a dish whose name is "[a reptile] in the hole."

The first player incorrectly guessed "snake," while the next one gave the accepted answer (never mind that it's an amphibian).

Hmmm, you don't suppose the clue-writers are deliberately trying to sabotage Alex, do you? As I observed here last night, back in our day the average 10-year-old knew the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, and I wouldn't be surprised if plenty of today's 5th-graders do as well.

At 12:56 PM, June 03, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

That is indeed a beauty.

Of course, the clue writer might have known that at 10 but forgotten it. But you would have expected a bit of editing somewhere.

(And "cuisine" just means "kitchen"; nothing says it means "tasty" or "elegant"! :-) )

At 1:24 PM, June 03, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Editing, indeed! Sorry you missed the show last night, as I'm sure you could've done more justice to the gaffe than I did.

While "cuisine" literally only means "kitchen," it seems to me that it's taken on the connotation of GOOD food, as opposed to hog-slop (with apologies to the porcines).


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