On Jeopardy! I often notice how contestants are penalized for mispronouncing the answer. In one such case a contestant said “Barren Sea” instead of Bering… 355 more words
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“All right. So, how I got on Jeopardy, and how it did not change my life at all.
I think I blame/thank my parents for an obsession with trivia, because when I was a kid they had these Brain Game flashcards, and I sort of grew up on these long skinny decks of cards; they had versions of these for mostly just sort of general questions and general knowledge stuff, starting with kindergarten and all the way up until…the last ones I remember was, ah, must have been seven or eight or so. 1,393 more words
I wonder how many readers of my previous post realized that its title was an old expression dating back over 300 years. According to grammarphobia.com, BY GEORGE dates from a 1694 translation of a comedy by Platus: “By George, you shan’t be a Sowce the better for what’s in it”….but “George” was used in an expression even earlier, as here (from a 1598 Ben Johnson play): “Well! 293 more words