Have you ever mis-pronounced a word and had a whole room laugh at you and until they explained you had no idea what the problem was? Yah, me too. Now what if that mistake cost you a million dollars? This happened to Paul Atkinson on Wheel of Fortune. He was ready to solve the puzzle for the “Corner Curio Cabinet” but had never heard of this before and ended up mispronouncing curio. The next contestant then got the chance to solve after already hearing him say the right phrase the wrong way.
To me this is a bit unfair. I realize that they are trying to not favor dialects so there is no injustice in the answers but I think its reasonable to expect people to be nervous and if they get the answer that close you should either give it to them or at least not let another contestant steal it that way. But it got me thinking, are there words or phrases that would cost me to lose the game? As a Boston girl you can bet there are!
1) Anything with an r in the middle of the word:
I realize this is entirely cliche for my region but when I get nervous the r’s drop right out of my words. “Pahk the cah in the hahvard yahd” isn’t just a saying pointing fun at us…it would be torture on Wheel of Fortune.
2) Anything with the word “about” in it:
I really have no idea where this issue of mine comes from but when I am nervous or angry I all of a sudden become Canadian and say “abut” or something to that degree. Lets hope my million dollar puzzle isn’t “Thinking about it.”
3) Anything with the word “adult” in it:
Frankly, I dont even know the right way to pronounce this word. I always say “a- dult” but I know many people who say “ahh- dult”. My way sounds wrong to me because it makes me think we are saying “a dolt” but then again being a grown up and being a dolt are one in the same. Why didn’t we follow Peter Pan to Neverland and stay kids forever?
So bloggers are there any words that you pronounce wrong and could cost you a million dollar prize on Wheel of Fortune? I’d love to hear about it! And enjoy the video below with this poor man’s costly mistake.