“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is a proud grammarian. And on Wednesday, he took to Twitter to vent about some of his grammar pet peeves.
“’Anyways’ is not a word,” Sajak tweeted. “Also, it’s RE-al-tor, not RE-la-tor. And it’s JEW-el-ry, not JEW-le-ry. I feel so much better.”
Pat Sajak’s Love of Proper Grammar Has Cost Contestants in the Past
This is not the first time that Sajak has schooled someone on proper grammar. In 2012, a contestant’s pronunciation of one word cost her $3,850, and with it, the entire game.
Navy Intel Specialist Renee Durette, from Merritt Island, Florida, knew the answer to a puzzle with seven missing letters. The correct response was, “Seven swans a-swimming.”
Only Durette said it with a bit of a twang. So what Sajak heard was, “Seven swans a-swimmin’.” And he would not accept that.
According to Gawker, Durette’s pronunciation cost her her turn and $3,850. And of course, the next contestant up, Amy Vincenti, solved the puzzle.
Vincenti would ultimately win the game with a $3,200 lead over Durette. Some “Wheel of Fortune” fans thought her plight was unfair, while others suggested there may be a “pronunciation rule” that Sajak was going by.
In any case, “Wheel of Fortune” contestants, be forewarned: Pat Sajak will not tolerate incorrect grammar or pronunciation. No matter how common it is in the vernacular.
On ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Sajak Keeps Contestants in Line
Sajak can get a little snippy over matters other than grammar. For instance, this past December, a contestant interrupted him while he was plugging Dick’s Sporting Goods. She was trying to make a play on the letter board.
“Never, never interrupt a plug,” Sajak told her, per Fox News.
“I apologize,” the contestant said quickly.
“You can do anything else but don’t interrupt,” Sajak said, laughing. “I’m sorry, what did you want to do?”
“Wheel of Fortune” fans noticed the exchange and commented on it on social media. Some thought Sajak was “kinda testy” or “real feisty.” Others encouraged him to be nicer to the contestants.
Fortunately for Sajak, he also has plenty of sympathizers out there on social media, particularly when it comes to correct grammar. On Wednesday, some of them jumped into his replies to share examples of mispronunciations that had bugged them.
“What about nuculer?” one suggested.
On the other hand, however, American slang offers many examples of bad grammar to raise Sajak’s blood pressure. Here’s hoping the “Wheel of Fortune” host doesn’t let it get to him too much.