Skip to comments.This Guy Just Lost Chance At $1 Million on Wheel of Fortune in Most Embarrassing Way Possible
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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Correct pronunciation is racist!!
He should tweet in favor of better education.
The French would say A-sheel.
I imagine Julian will be taunted by N_GGERS wherever he goes.
Geez, they were wrong to not give him that .
That’s what I was thinking. Also, one of the competitors was from U of Alabama. Media will call “raaaaaayyyyycisssssss”.
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.
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.
lemme axe you this!! If they understood what he meant to say...what difference would pronounciation make??
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.
Vanna’s allwhite with me.
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.
perhaps they want a backlash to make up for sagging ratings??
Lemme axe you THIS,....WIll AL SHARPTON come to his aid!
A college student......sheesh.
I couldn’t believe that.
I wholly agree.
There are rules! Live with it!
The seeds of the Idiocracy have started to sprout.
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.
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.
Besides that he also said dicespin instead of decision, rules are rules
LMAO! Wow that was fast
Why didn’t he ax Pat to give him another chance?
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.
I guess pronunciation is his Achilles’ heel.
I am evil!
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.
I would think it has been said on Sports Center at least once.
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.
“Corpse man” moment.
I thought Gungis Khan had hard Gs until I heard JFKerry pronounce it. He must be right.
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.
I do that when some idiot says ‘day-ta-base’ but backwards! lol
omgawd Becky! how could he not know how to pronounce it????????????????????????????????? that is cray-cray!!! but seriously, that is... laughable... sad...
no way... they are strict about pronunciation... i remember a gal lost because she could not read, "nuclear disarmament." she messed up disarmament...
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...
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.
Does make him look like a bit of a heel....
Words, fail me.
We had mythology in 9th grade English. Of course, that was back in the dark ages.
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).
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