August 5th, 2013
02:32 AM ET

Social media howls: boy, 12, loses on Jeopardy

I'll take saddest Jeopardy misspelling ever for $3,000, Alex.

Social media is still howling after last week's perceived slight of eighth grader Thomas Hurley III and his misspelling of "Emancipation" during Kids Week on "Jeopardy!"

Thomas knew the answer to the Final Jeopardy question: Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, "a fit and necessary war measure."

But the 12-year-old Connecticut boy added an extra "t" to his answer: emanciptation proclamation.

Host Alex Trebek said Thomas "misspelled it badly."


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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    When I was twelve years old (1950), every student in my class could have answered that question. However, what is wrong with Alex Trebek? It's no longer PC to spell correctly, or even to read handwriting: we have news videos now.

    August 5, 2013 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    The child was in second place and there was no consequence from the ruling. He was too far behind to catch the leader. He was still awarded the second place prize of $2,000, which is what he would have received even if his answer had been accepted. Still, there is great inconsistency in the rulings handed out in the show. I watch this show most every night and the rulings are wildly random. It's no secret that Alex has "issues". The show should improve when he finally leaves. He badly mishandled this situation, but the child should realize that being upset about this is just silly.

    August 5, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I can't read any other comments on this blog right now, but complaints about a requirement of spelling to receive money reveal the new Freedom from Intelligence and Learning Movement. Ignorance is cool.

    August 5, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I feel bad for that boy, but the other young man had the correct answer also, AND spelled correctly, so i fail to see what the issue is here.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. DrShoe

    How come Colby Burnett was the winner tonight when his answer was not in the form of a question? He wrote "What Waiting for Godot". He did not put the 'is' in his answer so how is that different than a misspelling

    August 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Life is hard

    Suck it up kid.

    August 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |