Jeopardy! contestant mispronounces 'Gangsta,' costing himself $3200

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The answer, for really anyone who has been alive for at least the past two decades, was an easy one.

But one Jeopardy! contestant lost out when he pronounced the Coolio hit ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ as “Gangster Paradise” in a Double Jeopardy! answer.

The loss came in a particularly painful situation when Trebek, after at first approving the answer, did the equivalent of a review in a sports game and overturned the call.

 

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“Nick,” he said, “you said ‘gangsters’ instead of ‘gangstas’ in that song by Coolio.”

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It turns out that “gangsta” and “gangster” are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition.

Nick changed not only the song’s title, but also its meaning ­– making his response unacceptable.