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Another flyweight post that has nothing to do with gun control ...

Enunciate [ih-nuhn-see-ate]: verb; to pronounce clearly and with distinction

Sloppy speaking costs Wheel of Fortune contestant nearly $4000 and the game. Good grief. All this time I thought it was just that sleazebag Canadian-born socialist Alex Trebek who was the pronunciation douche-king. Now Pat Sajak joins the party.

Double golly gee whiz, one reals in horror imagining the frooferah that would have ensued had the contestant been, um, ebonically inclined.

TV viewers tuning in to watch Wheel of Fortune this week couldn’t believe their ears when a contestant who correctly guessed a phrase was seemingly robbed of her victory, and all because of a missing G.

In the Wednesday episode, Renee Durette, a Navy Intel Specialist from Merritt Island, Florida, thought she had solved the puzzle correctly by answering ‘seven swans a-swimming’ - a line from the carol The 12 Days of Christmas - with seven missing letters.

However, Durette’s less than crisp enunciation did not satisfy the host, Pat Sajak, who disqualified the contestant’s answer because she had omitted the hard G from the word ‘swimming,’ turning it into ‘swimmin.’


After a warning buzzer sounded, signalling an incorrect answer, the host said: ‘Yeah ... can’t accept that,’ The Wrap reported.

Sajak went on to clarify that Durette’s answer was ‘in the vernacular,’ or in other words, too folksy to be accepted as the correct response.

‘But that’s OK,’ Sajak added. ‘We still have some time.’

Durette accepted the ruling without a word of protest, even though Sajak’s judgement cost the woman her turn along with $3,850, according to Gawker.

The puzzle was then turned over to another contestant, Amy Vincenti, of Pennsylvania, who solved it without any trouble, making sure to properly enunciate each word.

Well, I don’t think that “G” is all that hard. Not like “grief” or “goof” or “gak”. I thought “ing” was more of a velar nasal trigraph. But this just goes to show it always pays to be able to speak properly. Ya neva no whooz listnin’ or judgin’.

Merrit Island Florida is right next to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, just northwest of Patrick AFB. I have no idea what kind of drawl is native to that area.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 12/23/2012 at 05:39 PM   
  1. Ever wonder why after all these Decades Vanna is still flipping letters?
    Because she got a few shots at film roles and it was the saddest attempt at acting I think I’ve ever seen outside a porno.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/23/2012  at  09:24 PM  
  2. The very old jealous rumor was “best blowjob Merv Griffin ever had”.

    But either way, why should she move on? She earns something like four million a year, never wears the same outfit twice, and for more than 20 years never had to say a word. These days she gets in about 5 sentences at the end of each show, playing off of Pat’s doofus-ness. And all she has to do is walk back and forth and point. And pretend to clap a bit. And smile. Nice work if you can get it. Hella yeah.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   12/24/2012  at  03:14 AM  
  3. I won’t argue your point but No One goes to Hollywood to be a Letter Flipper. BTW, Remember Christopher George ( think Rat Patrol). That was here uncle so you know the Show Business bug was strong in the girl. But I assume she was given the news early on and ya, making large coin for monkey work is nice for a fading face. Not bad for 56.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/24/2012  at  03:37 AM  
  4. No Disney princess ever wore as many ball gowns as Vanna. When it seems that every other woman in Hollywood or Bollywood has to get as naked as possible as often as possible just to get a paycheck (and is hung out to dry at 34), Vanna rakes it in for decades while always being fully dressed. And while you might think she’s fading, she’s one of the beauty bellwethers of her generation and the generations ahead and behind hers. Tens of millions tune in every night just to see what she’s wearing and how she looks.

    Personally, I hate the big floral prints on her. No, actually I just hate that kind of material. It always reminds me of stuffed patio furniture from the 60s.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   12/24/2012  at  04:02 AM  
  5. And remember folks: Pat Sajak is conservative. Rules are rules!

    Posted by Macker    United States   12/24/2012  at  08:33 PM  
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