‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Jokes That This Missed Opportunity in Word Game Is ‘Just Shameful’

by Thad Mitchell

Former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings is known for his brain that made him the most successful game show contestant of all time.

Jennings is also known for his robust sense of humor that he often displays on social media. He is full of one-liners and often makes sarcastic observations about everyday life. He is also quite popular on social media as others often tune in just for a dose of humor that he is happy to provide. The latest example of his legendary wit came just yesterday (Monday) while discussing words that are not, but should be in the English language.

A social media user took to Twitter on Monday for a little self-bragging in regards to a successful “Spelling Bee” round. The player was able to identify 32 words and earn 157 points while partaking in the game. In a Twitter exchange between the two social media users, they question why certain words aren’t in the dictionary.

Jennings first points out his disappointment that the work “turducken” was close to being correct. Made famous by former NFL broadcaster John Madden, a turducken is a Thanksgiving dish made of turkey, duck and chicken. The former Jeopardy! contestant and Spelling Bee player continue discussing obscure words.

Jennings points out a not so well known word would have garnered more points in the social media exchange.

“UNCUCKED would have been 8 points,” the Jeopardy! great says. “Just shameful.”

Jeopardy! Champion is Highest-Earning Contestant

Jennings, now 46-years-old, is the all-time winningest game show contestant in history. In 2004, he went on an unprecedented 74-game winning on hit quiz show Jeopardy! wracking up more than $2.5 million during the run. He wasn’t done there as he would appear on Jeopardy! on several other occasions and even took on other game shows as well. In all, his game show winnings total more than $4.5 million.

He recently returned to the show that made him a famous star — but not as a contestant. Jennings was tabbed as the first celebrity Jeopardy! guest host upon the passing of long-time host Alex Trebek. After hosting the show for 37 years, Trebek lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2020. He was 80-years-old at the time of his passing. Mike Richards, Katie Couric and Dr. Mehmet Oz join Jennings as some of the celebrities serving as guest hosts on the show.