The kid says he feels cheated out of the win since he got the correct answer for final jeopardy, Emancipation Proclamation.
However, he misspelled it EmancipTation Proclamation.
I think the answer on this one is pretty easy. Is it the rule in Jeopardy that written answers are spelled correctly?
If so then this kid has no leg to stand on.
However, what has occured in the past on the show? This can’t be the first time someone misspelled an answer. Have they let it slide before? Have they been consistant in holding to this rule?
The only way I see this kid having an arguement is if he can show examples of them not adhering to the rule in the past. Are there any examples?
Two important points: he was not going to win anyway. Right or wrong he was going to finish a very, very distant second (the first-place kid won $66,000). I can’t remember seeing a Final Jeopardy answer that was thrown out because of poor spelling, but contestants are warned that spelling counts. It’s really much ado about nothing.
If the misspelling doesn’t change the pronunciation, then it’s ruled correct. If it does change the pronunciation, then it’s ruled as incorrect. So “emanciptation” is incorrect because it adds an extra ‘t’ sound that changes the pronunciation. If he’d misspelled it as “emansuhpation” or something along those lines, it would’ve been ruled correct because the pronunciation is the same. And, he was nowhere close to winning anyway, so his standing and prize would’ve remained unchanged regardless.
It was kind of rude for Alex to say it was misspelled “badly.” It wasn’t misspelled badly, just enough to change the pronunciation. But Alex is kind of a dipshit.
Overall, the kid needs to buck up and quit being a whiny little bitch.
I assume it was just some kind of brain fart, where the kid was thinking of the “-tion” ending and somehow the “t” snuck in a little too soon for whatever reason. (I have typos like that happen to me all the time.) I doubt he actually says “emanciptation.” Still, if the rule is misspelling is okay as long at it sounds the same, then he’s wrong on that basis. Plus, as said, it didn’t really matter in the end.
I’m surprised that’s the rule. It seems way too open to interpretation. I, for one, wouldn’t necessarily pronounce “emancipation” and “emansuhpation” the same way, although I would understand what the latter was trying for (just as I understand the spelling with the mistaken ‘t’). It’s not like English has standard enough pronunciation rules that you can get two random people to agree on the proper way to say a made up word…
Does this rule mean that someone could write in “ghoti” instead of “fish” and get the answer correct because the pronunciation doesn’t change?
Yes. Even if that remark had been directed at an adult, it would have been rude. But to a child…for shame, Alex.
The kid should have claimed that it was a Silent T. That would have softened the blow, particularly for his parents who may have been listening from their castle’s kitchen, worrying about the mortgage and how to pay for the Christmas presents. But then to mention the “silent t” issue might have been mere whistling in the dark. It was the kid’s television debut. We mustn’t judge.
The kid who won was also a serious Lincoln buff as well, it came up in his interview, and Alex had to sheepishly explain that the Final Jeopardy! answer being related to Lincoln was just a coincidence. That kid was a wizard, easily the most impressive “Kids Week” contestant in my memory.
I figure he gets the same amount of money either way and now he has a more interesting story. Instead of “I came in second at Jeopardy!”, he can say “I came in second at Jeopardy because Alex Trebek is a cocksucker.”