Gangsta or gangster? One syllable costs 'Jeopardy' contestant $3,200

Gangsta or gangster? One syllable costs 'Jeopardy' contestant $3,200
Source: Jeopardy Promotions Department

(KLTV) - One Jeopardy contestant's recent mispronunciation cost him $3,200 and left viewers crying "foul."

Contestant Nick Spicher lost the money during a "Double Jeopardy" round on the show's first episode of the new year, ABC News reports. During "Double Jeopardy," contestants have a chance to win double the money.

Judges initially awarded Spicher the money when he guessed the answer to this clue: "A song by Coolio from 'Dangerous Minds' goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton Classic."

Spicher guessed "Gangster's Paradise."

But the judge's later revoked his win, saying the correct answer was "What is Gangsta's Paradise Lost?"

In other words, he "put the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong sylLABle."

The Judge's Table weighed in on the decision saying all contestant answers are reviewed during gameplay to make sure they are complete and accurate.

Judges say the hard "R" sound caught the ear of one member of the onstage team.

"It turns out that "gangsta" and "gangster" are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition," judges note on the show website. "Nick changed not only the song's title, but also its meaning ­– making his response unacceptable."

Some viewers disagreed with the decision, calling it a matter of accent.

"So if someone pronounces 'park' as 'pahk' is that also wrong?" Twitter user Evan Allen asked.

Others sided with the judges.

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