Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wheel of Fortune: Correct Call or Rip Off?

Watch the video and decide if you think this was the right call:

Now, go below the fold for alternate visions of this great controversy:

Jawa thinks it's a rip-off:
This reminds me of the old Quiz Show scandal in which producers pre-selected winners based on popularity and ratings. The selected contestant would receive the questions and answers days before the live airing.

In the case of Wheel of Fortune, it looks like they used a technicality to keep a contestant from winning.
On the other hand, Ann Althouse, who parses words for a living, thinks it is a good call:
The "a-" beginning makes it seem as though you should be doing Southern American dialect, but "The 12 Days of Christmas" is set in an English aristocratic milieu (with lords and ladies).

More importantly, "Wheel of Fortune" is all about letters, so obviously they've got to be pedantic about getting all the letters.

1 comment:

  1. They do this all they time. If they don't like you dialect, or manner of speech, you can't win. I've stopped watching the show because of this. It just makes me too angry.