Jeopardy! contestant Nick Spicher lost $3,200 after he said “gangster” instead of “gangsta.”
Host Alex Trebek read the answer: “A song by Coolio from Dangerous Minds goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.”
Spicher responded with the question: “What is Gangster’s Paradise Lost?”
After ruling the answer correct, Trebek told Spicher the bad news:
You said “Gangster’s” instead of “Gangsta’s” on that song by Coolio. We take $3,200 away from you so you are now in second place.
Spicher won anyways, and Jeopardy! released a statement on their website regarding the controversial moment:
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.
Spicher tweeted his response:
My first thought was, “Didn’t I say ‘gangsta’?” and I kind of wanted to hear the tape. But I assume they listened to it quite enough to definitively determine it.
— Nick Spicher (@nickspicher) January 2, 2018
In an interview with TMZ, Coolio said he would have given Spicher the answer, but added that technically it is “as” not “er.”