Monday, February 06, 2012

Shown up, just a little

But I was really thinking - here you are, on the College Tournament, and you've picked out your topic for that awkward little exchange where Alex pretends anybody really cares about your private life (imagine Ken Jennings after the first month!). Yours is making dry-ice ice cream in the lab at MIT. One of your co-contestants has an international slow-pitch softball home run derby win.

And the other one? Oh, just spending the summer in Honduras building a clinic.


And I wonder if they'd have taken "bust" in their "fail words" category for "reduce to a lower military rank" instead of what he said, which was "demote"?

(ps - Alex? Japanese Rs aren't rolled like Spanish ones!)

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At 8:59 PM, February 06, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Not to -- fail word alert! -- "burst" your balloon, but I read somewhere that each contestant fills out a lengthy questionnaire in advance, from which the production staff selects the topic on which Alex will question him/her at that juncture in the show. Apparently some contestants may feel a bit ambushed or chagrined or embarrassed by what's chosen.

At 9:27 PM, February 06, 2012 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

Japanese "R"s, well, kinda-sorta. They use a sound that's a cross between our "R" and "L", and, depending upon your ear, you might hear "R" as "L" and "L" as "R", you might hear the "R" as though it were slightly rolled, or something else. It's an odd sound to English-speakers, and it's hard to predict how someone will perceive (or try to reproduce) it.

Unless he held it for a long roll (arrrrigato), I wouldn't fault him. Hai.

At 9:55 PM, February 06, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I hear them more like Ds if I don't know how the word ids spelled, myself.

But a nice long roll is exactly what he did: Harrrrrruki Murrrakami. Which, just, no.


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