Some people just can’t handle gangsta life.
This Jeopardy! contestant is one of them.
He got a whopping $3,200 deducted from his score after pronouncing ‘gangsta’ wrong when answering a question.
The $1,600 clue in the ‘music and literature before and after’ category called for the combined title of two works: ‘A song by Coolio from “Dangerous Minds” goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.’
The correct response? ‘What is Gangsta’s Paradise Lost?’
Not, ‘what is Gangster’s Paradise Lost’ as he incorrectly said.
A savage Jeopardy! spokesperson said: ‘Every contestant response is reviewed at the Judges’ Table during live gameplay to ensure that it is complete and accurate. Likewise, any change in scoring causes the game to be paused for a discussion between the producers, the writers and the independent third-party observers to ensure that the rules being applied are fair and consistent.
‘Today’s Double Jeopardy! round was no exception: The judges ultimately ruled against Nick’s response of “Gangster’s Paradise Lost,” and it all came down to one syllable.’
The spokesperson continued: ‘Although Nick’s response of “Gangster’s Paradise Lost” was initially accepted, the hard R sound caught the ear of one member of the onstage team, who immediately followed up with a quick check.
‘It turns out that “gangsta” and “gangster” are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition.
‘Nick changed not only the song’s title, but also its meaning – making his response unacceptable.’
Yeah, turns out ‘gangsta’ is defined as ‘a gang member’, while ‘gangster’ means ‘a member of a gang of violent criminals’.