Pat Sajak from “Wheel of Fortune” has to be somewhat good at spelling at this point.
He has been the host of the “Wheel of Fortune” for about 38 years. He spends his professional career staring up at letters and word puzzles.
Does this make him qualified to correct people on their spelling on Twitter? Sajak certainly thinks so.
He recently corrected a post from Peter Robinson. He is an author, former speechwriter for former President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He also hosts “Uncommon Knowledge.” He is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
His tweet said, “To live this way, all you have to do is cover Donald Trump as a member of the White House press corps for 20 hours a day for four years. Deb Saunders and her just desserts.”
Pat Sajak responded, “Despite its pronunciation, I believe it’s spelled ‘deserts.’ I love correcting really smart people…”
Robinson would also go on to quote Sajak’s tweet. He wrote, “You mean I didn’t have to buy that second ‘S?'” It’s a fun, and pretty smart, reference to Pat Sajak and “Wheel of Fortune.” It seems like he didn’t mind the correction from the longstanding game show host.
According to Merriam Webster, “Despite its pronunciation, just deserts, with one s, is the proper spelling for the phrase meaning ‘the punishment that one deserves.’ The phrase is even older than dessert, using an older noun version of desert meaning ‘deserved reward or punishment,’ which is spelled like the arid land, but pronounced like the sweet treat.”
Recent ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Donates Earnings
A recent contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” decided to spread his good fortune on the show to those who needed it most. He made a charitable, and smart, decision with his earnings.
According to CNN, Scott Kolbrenner, will be donating all of his earnings to charity instead of keeping it himself. He earned $145,000 on the show, which includes the $100,000 from the bonus puzzle.
He said he is donating the money to Uplift Family Services and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, two charities in California.
“When I went on the show, I was doing it for the fun of it, and I said to my wife, ‘If I do OK here, anything that I get, let’s give it to charity. We’re very fortunate. Let’s see if we can support some others who aren’t as fortunate as we are,” Kolbrenner said on Good Morning America.
He also said that “It’s been a dark time” for many people around the world.
He is on the board of Uplift Family Services. The group helps families recover from trauma and other challenges. Los Angeles Regional Food Bank helps get food to those in need. During these times, due to the pandemic especially, even more people are in need.
Scott Kolbrenner is a managing director for Houlihan Lokey. The amount he donated could substantially help a lot of people right now.