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A Guy Lost $3,200 On "Jeopardy!" Because He Said "Gangster" Instead Of "Gangsta"

This must've felt not so Coolio.

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Jeopardy! isn't exactly a show you'd watch to see people get schooled on rap lyrics, but that's exactly what happened during the Jan. 1 episode.

Let Nick’s mistake be a lesson to us all. In 2018, you gotta keep it gangsta at all times. Never Gangster #Jeopardy

Nick Spicher was just trying to answer a question in the "Music & Literature Before & After" category, when he made the grave mistake of calling Coolio's classic 1995 song "Gangster's Paradise" instead of "Gangsta's Paradise."

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The answer, which was actually kind of amazing, was "Gangsta's Paradise Lost."

Initially, his response was accepted as correct, but a few minutes later, Alex Trebek brought down the hammer of justice: Spicher's mistake cost him $3,200.

Twitter: @Bossip

OUCHIE WOWIE!!! Jeopardy! explained in a blog post that “gangsta” and “gangster” are listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, with separate definitions, so Spicher's response changed the meaning of the song's title.

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Anyway, people had some strong feelings about Spicher's costly error.

Nick, the whitest guy in America right now 😂 #Jeopardy

It’s gangSTA’s paradise, not gangSTER’s paradise #Jeopardy

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