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Did a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant lose unfairly?

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On last Wednesday’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune” a very unfortunate contestant got screwed out of thousands of dollars because of a technicality. Contestant Renee was solving the puzzle when she did not properly enunciate the “g” at the end of the word “swimming”, and apparently that is reason enough to lose.

The puzzle that was presented was under the clue “Living Things” and read “SE_EN S__NS A-S__MM_NG”. Seems easy enough, right? Well Renee thought so too when she answered “Seven Swans A-Swimming” but pronounced the last word without the “g” (Swimmin’). As the audience began to applaud at her obvious win, host Pat Sajak had other ideas.

"Yeah ... can't accept that," Sajak told Renee, before moving on to the next contestant "Amy, it's your turn." Amy obviously correctly solved the puzzle and effectively stole Renee’s win.

Sajak later explained to an angry Renee that "You kind of did it in the vernacular and left off the 'g' in seven swans a-swimmin', you were pretty clear about that and realised ya did that. But that's okay we still have some time."

Apparently proper enunciation is very important to Pat and the folks at “Wheel of Fortune”.

You can watch the video of the cringe worthy moment below.

What do you think? Was Renee screwed out of the win, or was “Wheel of Fortune” right for being picky with their answers?

- Wheel of Fortune (US)
- Pat Sajak

Written by: harrisr
Dec 22nd, 2012, 9:25 pm


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Message Posted On Dec 27th, 2012, 8:57 pm

Hate rednecks, but that's just complete BS.  She won.


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Message Posted On Dec 26th, 2012, 1:14 am

She could always have not come off as a bumpkin on TV by saying the word properly and winning.


Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2012, 11:29 am
i wonder what would have happened if the phrase had been "I asked you not to do that" and the contestant had said " I 'axed' you not to do that" - i hear this all the time - a very clear mispronunciation but very commonplace in everyday life - wrong i suspect and rightly so - just because you understand what is being said (it is a given) doesn't mean it is pronounced properly - to 'axe' something is completely different than to 'ask' something

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Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2012, 9:11 am

trax0r ""There are a lot of words/phrases where the G is can be silent"


Sorry, but there's a big difference between not pronouncing a letter in a word when it's silent (like the 'k' in 'knife') and not pronouncing a letter in a word when it isn't silent.  If a letter in a word isn't silent, then it has to be pronounced in order to be pronouncing the word properly.  The word was "swimming"; she said "swimmin".  The two words aren't the same, and so she lost.  She knew the rules.


Note that the *audience* knew Renee had goofed too...only a few people applauded after she made her guess.  Compare that to the amount of applause there was when Amy made the correct guess.



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Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2012, 8:55 am

I agree, WOF did nothing wrong.  Given how precisely they have to pronounce letters as they guess (notice how precisely Renee pronounced the 'n' and 'm'), she should have known she had to pronounce the word properly, not drop the 'g' as so many people do these days.  It's unfortunate, but it's her own fault she lost.



Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2012, 8:41 am
No, Wheel of Fortune most definitely did something wrong. The G was already a given, it was on the board, how she pronounced the phrase is irrelevant, the phrase was right and properly guessed. Maybe if the g wasnt already up there, but honestly, that would still be bullshit as well. There are a lot of words/phrases where the G is can be silent, and it depends on accent, etc...The purpose of the game is to guess the phrase, not to properly pronounce it exactly how they want it pronounced.The phrase was guessed. She was screwed.

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Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2012, 5:14 am

Wheel of Fortune didn't do anything wrong. The puzzle is "SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING" which must be pronounced Correctly to win the round. However, Renee made an honest mistake. The puzzle contains song lyrics, which many people sing leaving out the G in the end of most of the -ING words. 


Message Posted On Dec 22nd, 2012, 11:16 pm
I guess it isn't enough to serve the country in uniform while wearing glasses. It is better to have the bed-head blond, open neckline look. Female stereotyping? I think so.
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