On the December 18, 2019, Jeopardy!, the following clue appeared, under BASKIN-ROBBINS’ 31 ORIGINAL FLAVORS $800:
There were lemon, orange & raspberry types of this frozen fruit juice & cream treat
Rodolfo Yuichiro Bedoy’s response was deemed acceptable by the judges. However, there was some consternation online, most notably from Austin Rogers, as to whether or not Rodolfo said “What is sherbet?” or “What is sherbert?”
However, there are some minor differences between the clue last night and what befell Austin back in October 2017.
Here was Austin’s clue:
The main difference between these two desserts that end in the same three letters is that one contains dairy and the other does not
Back in 2017, the judges ruled that while the words “sherbet” and “sherbert” refer to the same thing, according to Merriam-Webster, the “ˈshər-bət” pronunciation is spelled “sherbet” and the “ˈshər-bərt” pronunciation is spelled “sherbert”. Thus, in Austin’s case, a pronunciation of “ˈshər-bərt” failed to fit the “end in the same three letters” stipulation that “sorbet” provides. Because that stipulation did not occur in Rodolfo’s case last night, both pronunciations would have been considered to be acceptable and the judges correctly ruled in Rodolfo’s favor last night.
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