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Contestant's southern accent costs her win on game show

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: Contestant's southern accent costs her win on game show Reply with quote

Florida woman with southern accent denied Wheel of Fortune prize for mispronouncing 'swimming'
By Mike Waterhouse, NewsNet5 | 22 December 2012
(Source: http://www.newsnet5.com/)

A woman with a southern accent lost out on thousands of dollars on Wheel of Fortune because the judges ruled against her pronunciation of a common word.

Renee Durette, a US Navy intel specialist from Merritt Island, Florida, guessed several letters in the puzzle correctly – and then went on to solve it.

The answer was “Seven Swans a Swimming” – but she pronounced “swimming” as “swimmin’.” Judges on the Wheel of Fortune said they could not accept her answer. She lost out on the $3,850 she had earned.

“That’s kind of how I speak, you know, being from Florida and I asked for the ‘g’ so I knew it was there,” Durette told ABC’s Good Morning America.

ABC said the judges claimed Durette violated the rules because it was spoken in vernacular.

Durette ended up on losing the show, and plenty of viewers spoke out about the judges’ call on social media. “Wheel of Fortune...really? You all made a terrible call with "Seven Swans A-Swimming". She needs a dual run!! #boycotting,” said @ColbyPerry on Twitter. But @elyoBSekiM disagreed, saying “Pronunciation matters!"

Durette said the decision didn’t kill her excitement for the experience. “I had an absolute amazing experience,” Durette told ABC. “It’s just been so funny to see where I've been and what kind of Internet footprint I have now and it’s kind of been so crazy.”

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah reckon that thar Wheel's fixin to git some bad press over this'un. Shocked
Hit weren't fair!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ain't that da truth!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sho nuff!!!

'Gards,
John
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grounds for secession from the Union.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But wouldn't other regional accents be "problematic" as well? Bahston? New Yawk? Joisey?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Contestant's southern accent costs her win on game show Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
....The answer was “Seven Swans a Swimming” – but she pronounced “swimming” as “swimmin’.” Judges on the Wheel of Fortune said they could not accept her answer. She lost out on the $3,850 she had earned.

“That’s kind of how I speak, you know, being from Florida and I asked for the ‘g’ so I knew it was there,” Durette told ABC’s Good Morning America.

ABC said the judges claimed Durette violated the rules because it was spoken in vernacular. .....


as we all know, vernacular is the name applied to a plant or animal in
common, native speech. she answered "seven SWANS a'swimmin" which
is obviously incorrect. she should have used the proper scientific name of
the north american trumpeter swan. (or an european whooper swan if
on a game show in britain).

therefore, the correct answer would have been...

"seven cygnos buccinator a'swimmin"


......[cygnos being the accusative plural of cygnus]
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Choudo

Is your REAL name "Sheldon Cooper" ?
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