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Wheel of Fortune THIS
I have anger issues......unless you have been out of touch, you know that a member of our armed services was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.
She was playing along and was ready to solve the puzzle. But, instead of saying "Seven swans a swimming" she said "Seven swans a swimmin', at least according
to the judges. Even though the "G" was already on the board, she was robbed of $3850 dollars, as far as I can tell. Now I don’t know her ethnicity, her accent, or if she
has a speech impediment like I do, and I don’t care. I am as mad as Hell. If her accent is good enough for Naval Intelligence were she works, its ok by me. She is being very gracious,
cause she has way more class than the host and his eye candy assistant, who, if they had any class, would have walked off the show when the judges robbed one of our sailors.
Believing it is better to light one candle than curse the darkness, I am contacting all the advertisers I can find that sponsor that show and let them know what I think of the show and them for
supporting it. Screw you, CBS.
That's a mispronunciation?! Yipes, it isn't more than a regional variant. Well, of all the idiotic moves. I suppose they would penalize someone from Texas who says "embrawdery," the way Jaclyn Smith does on K-Mart ads, because the diphthong is missed. What boneheads! It's not as if the servicewoman doesn't know how to spell the participial form. So if my friend from Spain, who is fluent in three languages, came on the show and said something in her perfectly serviceable (and charming) accent, she couldn't possibly win, even though she could outguess the other contestants six ways to Sunday.
You would think that by now Pat Sajak and Vanna White had enough clout to be able to speak up on the woman's behalf. Naval Intelligence? She does more for her country every day than that pair has done in thirty years.
(I think Wheel of Fortune is on ABC, by the way, unless it's on another network west of the Mississippi. Don't curse CBS! They air NCIS and Blue Bloods.)
Last edited by Olympia; 12-24-2012 at 10:35 PM.
ABC here too.
Originally Posted by Olympia
I pay a lot of attention to pronunciation because one of the things we write about at work is phonics. There's a lot of variation in pronunciation across a country this size, and extra layers of variety are added by the fact that many Americans speak English as a second language, so they pronounce certain sounds differently.
Just the regional variations are enough to give us variety. There are people in the South who pronounce "pen" and "pin" virtually identically--Paula Deen, the celebrity chef, probably does. My friend from Wyoming says "root" so that it almost rhymes with "put." And there are whole swaths of the country where "mirror" is pronounced as a one-syllable word. (Sort of like "meeer.") And so what? They all probably think I have a funny accent. This is what language is.
When I was in the U.K., I found that there's a difference between Northern and Southern pronunciation there, too. Unless I've gotten it turned around, Southerners say "tortoise" the way I always grew up hearing it, "TORR-tuss," while the other group says "torr-TOYCE." One group pronounces the color mauve in the French way that we use over here in the U.S., "mowve," with a long o sound. The other group says "mawve" with an "aw" vowel sound. Variety is the spice of life! Would an English Wheel of Fortune show insist on BBC-standard pronunciation? Yipes! There would be carnage.
For myself, I prefer watching Jeopardy. They're upfront about the kind of precision they require, for instance including "The" in movie titles where it's relevant. Interestingly, they don't mark off for spelling for the final Jeopardy question, where contestants must write their answers.
Oh, by the way, there's a Houston Street in New York City that's pronounced House-ton, not Huuuston, like the city. The city of Newark, Delaware, is pronounced New-ARK, stress on the second syllable, not NEW-ark, like the New Jersey city. And the college in Massachusetts called Amherst is pronounced am-hurst by some people, but Amherst students pronounce it "amurst" without the H.
Also, while I'm thinking of it, there's the Southern/Western pronunciations of "wadn't" for "wasn't," and "hep" for "help." The letter L is often fudged, from Californians saying "Acapoo-co" for "Acapulco" to African Americans leaving the "l" off the end of "cool" to people from somewhere or other swallowing the "l" in "folder." All these I've heard with my own ears, from the mouths of educated people. The pool of possible Wheel of Fortune contestants is getting narrower by the minute.
Last edited by Olympia; 12-25-2012 at 07:30 PM.
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And let us not forget those who seem to insert "sh" where it doesn't belong - "shtrongly" and "shtructure". This drives me nuts. But I digress!
Back to WOF. Once the puzzle solution was "Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa". Not one person could pronounce it properly and they stumbled around until somebody got it right after the seventh try! This is ridiculous! Imagine what would happen if they had names of Russian figure skaters! Aack!
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Thanks! I will check ABC....he web says it is produced by Sony....I will check local listings...
I think the hosts showed a distinct lack of class. Pat S. is a multi millionaire. He should have said to the lady, see me after the show and please allow me to make amends out of my own pocket so I can regain a bit of honor and morals
for this show....
Check this out....
The December 20 show featured contestant Michael Rufus, who won $4600 with "Hickory-Smoked Country Ham." But when he says the phrase, he appears to miss the letter "D" in the word "smoked." For a show that seems to take pride in demanding that contestants say the puzzles correctly, it seems baffling that the judges made contradictory rulings on two puzzles during the same taping session ("Wheel" typically tapes a week's worth of episodes in one day).