October 14, 2004

Ho ho ho

If you're interested in seeing a post from Daniel about a Ken Jennings micro-controversy turning into a long disquisition on my part about homonyms, homophones, and homographs, then you should probably join the National Puzzlers' League, if you're not already a member. Anyway, you can read it here.

Posted by Francis at 10:38 AM | TrackBack

To make things more complicated, you can even find some online dictionaries that spell that meaning of "ho" as "hoe", which would make that answer as correct as "rake". I think only "ho" is attested in my print references, though, and I also would have ruled against it.

In the Jeopardy thread at Television Without Pity, Ken said that was the only time (outside of Final Jeopardy) he gave an answer that he knew was wrong, just for the laugh.

And in more Ken news, check out the new issue of Mad Magazine, where Ken is the back-cover fold-in. (Why did I happen to pick up an issue of Mad for the first time in many years and discover this? I have no idea.)

Posted by: Trip at October 14, 2004 01:55 PM

I also saw that post and thread referenced at The Volokh Conspiracy, which I think is one of the top-10 most-read blogs in the country. Let's get everybody in on the discussion!

Posted by: Eric Berlin at October 14, 2004 01:57 PM