On last night's episode of Jeopardy, a contestant, Fidelito, was penalized for mispronouncing "Elaine" in a question about Julia Louis-Dreyfuss' character from Seinfeld. Except Fidelito didn't really mispronounce the name; he just doesn't have a rock-solid American accent (as if such a thing definitively exists). But Jeopardy is an institution here in 'murrica — you have to play by our liguistic non-rules and speak American, dammit.


The judges eventually awarded Fidelito the points, but not without a chiding "clarification" from Alex Trebek, who obviously lives for this stuff.

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