Deeper into Jeopardy! XXXVII: CNN World Languages – $800

Jeopardy! category: CNN WORLD LANGUAGES (26-1-2015)

$800 clue: (Max Foster reads:) To keep up on events in London, it helps to have a bit o’ knowledge of Cockney rhyming slang, like knowing that the “Baked Bean” is this local personage

Correct response

The gist: Since the first recorded use of the Cockney “language” is in 1776, it would conceivably refer to at least two of them.  Continue reading

Deeper into Jeopardy! XXXVII: CNN World Languages – $400

We’ve done linguistics, we’ve done a language’s literature, but we’ve never done a straight-up “languages” category – partly out of coincidence, and partly because those are often the last category of a round which tend to have clues that aren’t conducive to posts like I write for this blog. So now that the opportunity’s come up, courtesy of some cable news network or another, let’s take it up.

Jeopardy! category: CNN WORLD LANGUAGES (26-1-2015)

$400 clue: (Will Ripley reads:) Years before a 2011 disaster, a scientist here in Japan coined the term genpatsu-shinsai, genpatsu meaning nuclear plant & shinsai being this type of disaster sometimes accompanied by a tsunami

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The gist: If you were online in March 2011, you might remember Genkatsu-kun, the adorable little nuclear scamp who had some tummy problems.  Continue reading