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This Guy Just Lost Chance At $1 Million on Wheel of Fortune in Most Embarrassing Way Possible
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Posted on 04/11/2014 6:54:40 PM PDT by SMGFan

A contestant named Julian from Indiana University must be feeling pretty stupid right about now. He had the chance to win $1 million, had the puzzle fully solved, and then lost because he pronounced Achilles like “A-chill-us.” Because of that mistake, the show decided not to give him the victory and instead, one of the other contestants who know the “mythological hero” got the chance to steal and did. (To win the full $1 million he would have had to overcome some other hurdles as well.)

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Pat Sajak was smart not tweet about tonight?
1 posted on 04/11/2014 6:54:41 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Correct pronunciation is racist!!


2 posted on 04/11/2014 6:57:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SMGFan

He should tweet in favor of better education.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 6:57:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan

The French would say A-sheel.


4 posted on 04/11/2014 6:59:02 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

I imagine Julian will be taunted by N_GGERS wherever he goes.


5 posted on 04/11/2014 7:00:00 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SMGFan

Geez, they were wrong to not give him that .


6 posted on 04/11/2014 7:00:19 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: GeronL

That’s what I was thinking. Also, one of the competitors was from U of Alabama. Media will call “raaaaaayyyyycisssssss”.


7 posted on 04/11/2014 7:01:33 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: SMGFan

If it was only a pronunciation error, I don’t agree with the show’s decision. If there were more to it, maybe ok. But he knew the answer that responded to the question.


8 posted on 04/11/2014 7:01:52 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/24/wheel-of-fortune-pronunciation-gaffe-costs-contestant-angers-fans/


9 posted on 04/11/2014 7:06:42 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: SMGFan

Dr. Kate Pulaski: Dah-ta, look at this.
Lt. Commander Data: [looking slightly confused] ‘Day-ta’.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: What?
Lt. Commander Data: My name. It is pronounced ‘Day-ta’.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: Oh?
Lt. Commander Data: You called me “Dah-ta”.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: [laughing] What’s the difference?
Lt. Commander Data: One is my name. The other is not.


10 posted on 04/11/2014 7:09:35 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: SMGFan

11 posted on 04/11/2014 7:10:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SMGFan

lemme axe you this!! If they understood what he meant to say...what difference would pronounciation make??


12 posted on 04/11/2014 7:11:51 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ..Benghazi Clinton Alert)
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To: EDINVA

If you went strictly by the book and had to respond exactly the way the puzzle ought to be read, the pronunciation, the grammar required to be absolutely correct, I would have to blame his lack of schooling for being the culprit. Had he gone to school diligently, he eventually would have had to been exposed to the world ‘Achilles’ one way or another and would have learned the correct pronunciation. It wasn’t bad luck that did him in , it was bad family-value attitude towards schooling.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 7:13:58 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: SMGFan

Game, smame.

Vanna’s allwhite with me.


14 posted on 04/11/2014 7:14:24 PM PDT by moovova
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To: MeshugeMikey

Um, let me see... The difference is $1,000,000. Yes?

The puzzle was complete.
He clearly knew the answer because he knew all the letters.
They are fussing because he could not say the last name to their satisfaction.

RUBBISH.


15 posted on 04/11/2014 7:15:52 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

perhaps they want a backlash to make up for sagging ratings??

Lemme axe you THIS,....WIll AL SHARPTON come to his aid!


16 posted on 04/11/2014 7:18:53 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ..Benghazi Clinton Alert)
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To: SMGFan

A college student......sheesh.


17 posted on 04/11/2014 7:25:00 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SMGFan

I couldn’t believe that.


18 posted on 04/11/2014 7:25:30 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: lbryce

I wholly agree.


19 posted on 04/11/2014 7:26:33 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

There are rules! Live with it!


20 posted on 04/11/2014 7:26:51 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SMGFan

The seeds of the Idiocracy have started to sprout.


21 posted on 04/11/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: SMGFan

http://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=124qzd1f1#/watch?v=Yz7I8Vc2CIM


22 posted on 04/11/2014 7:27:49 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: SMGFan

Ay-chillus? Reminds me of the bro’ who once told me the office I was looking for was “suit 3a” Suit? Oh you mean suite.


23 posted on 04/11/2014 7:27:54 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

After watching the video, I don’t think he knew the name. He got the C from the word Mythological. Achilles tendon, Achilles heel ... most people have been exposed to the correct pronunciation of the name.


24 posted on 04/11/2014 7:28:12 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: SMGFan


25 posted on 04/11/2014 7:28:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: ClearCase_guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwrUkeYxUF0


26 posted on 04/11/2014 7:29:04 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Besides that he also said dicespin instead of decision, rules are rules


27 posted on 04/11/2014 7:29:12 PM PDT by italianquaker
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To: JoeProBono

LMAO! Wow that was fast


28 posted on 04/11/2014 7:29:53 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SMGFan

Why didn’t he ax Pat to give him another chance?


29 posted on 04/11/2014 7:31:23 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

I sort of agree, I tend to lean “close enough” as is done all the time. But for 1mm, Maybe the standard has to be higher. Hell, I don’t know.


30 posted on 04/11/2014 7:31:33 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: SMGFan

I guess pronunciation is his Achilles’ heel.


31 posted on 04/11/2014 7:32:34 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: GeronL
He SHOULD get a parrot and teach it to say NOTHING but:

uh - KILL - eez

I am evil!

32 posted on 04/11/2014 7:32:41 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: EDINVA

Jeopardy disqualifies answers all the time. By the time you get to be on that TV show, if it is on the up and up, you should know how to properly pronounce words. Reminds me of Obama and Corpsman.

Improper pronunciation is indicative of other flaws in the learning process. I agree with Wheel of Fortune’s decision.


33 posted on 04/11/2014 7:34:17 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

34 posted on 04/11/2014 7:34:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Abby4116

I would think it has been said on Sports Center at least once.


35 posted on 04/11/2014 7:35:01 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SMGFan

Corpseman.


36 posted on 04/11/2014 7:45:47 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: italianquaker

Very embarrassing. I did feel sorry for him. Guess they need to teach the fundamentals instead filling them with propaganda and anything other than what education is for.


37 posted on 04/11/2014 7:49:20 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SMGFan

“Corpse man” moment.


38 posted on 04/11/2014 7:57:35 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: EDINVA

I thought Gungis Khan had hard Gs until I heard JFKerry pronounce it. He must be right.


39 posted on 04/11/2014 8:04:34 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Abby4116

Good point. And while he’s probably intelligent, he’s also a soccer coach. And he’s never heard of the Achilles heel? I must have heard that term hundreds if not thousands of times by his age. Plus, I also read the myth of Achilles and the Trojan War.


40 posted on 04/11/2014 8:07:06 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: JPG

I do that when some idiot says ‘day-ta-base’ but backwards! lol


41 posted on 04/11/2014 8:10:25 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: SMGFan

omgawd Becky! how could he not know how to pronounce it????????????????????????????????? that is cray-cray!!! but seriously, that is... laughable... sad...


42 posted on 04/11/2014 8:12:03 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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Geez, they were wrong to not give him that .

no way... they are strict about pronunciation... i remember a gal lost because she could not read, "nuclear disarmament." she messed up disarmament...

43 posted on 04/11/2014 8:13:46 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Pikachu_Dad
They are fussing because he could not say the last name to their satisfaction.

you must not be familiar with the rules... people lose now and then because of mispronounced words... you have to read what answer... just because he guessed all the correct letters does not mean he knows the answer... saying it correctly reveals whether or not he knows the answer...

44 posted on 04/11/2014 8:18:27 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SMGFan

Pretty lame reason not to give the guy the answer - I’ve heard contestants on game shows mangle “Chopin”, “Don Quixote”, “Gandhi” - and get awarded the answer. And they’re going to make a big deal over “Achilles”? Face it, no matter how you pronounce it, you’re probably not saying it the way Homer would have.


45 posted on 04/11/2014 8:30:44 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Does make him look like a bit of a heel....


46 posted on 04/11/2014 8:39:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SMGFan

Words, fail me.


47 posted on 04/11/2014 8:41:30 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: driftless2

We had mythology in 9th grade English. Of course, that was back in the dark ages.


48 posted on 04/11/2014 8:49:18 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I think they were a bit hard on him too, especially since pronunciation isn’t as easy to specify as spelling. (They make the rules, but maybe they should have made them differently.) Most persons with a strong interest in sports have heard ‘the Achilles tendon’ pronounced, even if they never discuss Homer (how many persons in this generation do?). It’s possible, though, to know a good bit about things from reading, and not know how to pronounce them.

I read a considerable amount of German literature in translation on my own before I studied German itself — and without discussing it with anybody — and thought the name of ‘Goethe’ (perhaps the best writer in the language) was pronounced the same way as ‘Goth’. :-) I had no need to discuss him, so why should I worry about the pronunciation? Also I read a couple of volumes of the French writer Gide’s journals, all the while thinking his name started with the sound of ‘g’ as in ‘get’.

[Obama I excuse less because as head of the armed forces he should make sure he knows how to pronounce ‘corpsman’.]

I wonder what standard the program uses for pronunciation. There are many different “standard” pronunciations: British RP, American, Australian (also regional pronunciations within the countries, including rhotic and non-rhotic in the United States, which can determine whether you pronounce an ‘r’ in some positions).


49 posted on 04/11/2014 8:51:42 PM PDT by GJones2 (Game show pronunciation)
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To: ClearCase_guy

50 posted on 04/11/2014 8:55:24 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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