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A contestant on “Jeopardy!” lost thousands of dollars over his pronunciation of the word “gangsta.”

During a New Year’s Day broadcast of the long-running game show, contestant Nick Spicher selected the $1,600 clue in the “Music & Literature Before & After" category.

Host Alex Trebek gave the answer, “A song by Coolio from ‘Dangerous Minds’ goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic,” a reference to the book “Paradise Lost” and the song “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

Spicher responded with, “Gangster’s Paradise Lost,” and was awarded the $1,600.

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A few moments later, however, Trebek informed Spicher that the judges had reevaluated the response and found it unacceptable.

Apparently, "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," the show explained on its website.

Spicher had $3,200 deducted from his total for the incorrect response.

Despite the correction, Spicher, a museum educator from Everett, Washington, went on to win the game and collect $15,201.


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