You know the show. You know the phrase “Spin the wheel,” and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you very likely know who Pat Sajak is. “Wheel of Fortune” is world famous.
“Wheel of Fortune” contestant Renee Durette lost a chance at a prize just because she mispronounced a word.
The Navy Intel Specialist from Merritt Island, Florida, dropped the “g” and said the slang version of the correct word, and that wasn’t good enough.
The phrase was “Seven Swans a Swimming,” and she lost the prize because she said “swimmin’.”
She was on a roll winning thousands of dollars and lost it all over the one word, says ABC News.
“That’s kind of how I speak, you know, being from Florida and I asked for the ‘g’ so I knew it was there.”
The judges didn’t see it that way, and ruled against her for not saying it in vernacular.
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“It definitely spun the tone of the show and the momentum that I thought I had. And I lost it and it wound up costing me the show.”
“I had an absolute amazing experience. It’s just been so funny to see where I’ve been and what kind of Internet footprint I have now and it’s kind of been so crazy. I feel like I should be out with big sunglasses and a big hat.”
Twitter showed its outrage, and even the other contestant who won couldn’t believe it.
Durette is still happy she was on the show, and the loss hasn’t hampered her love for it.