Stick out your mother tongue

What was the category on the Dec. 20 edition of the American television game show Jeopardy that included a reference to Latvia?

“Stick out your mother tongue.”

Contestant Michael Kalk, a retired computer programmer from Austin, Texas, knew that Latvian is another word for Lettish, a member of the Baltic language group. The answer earned him USD 2,000, helping to boost him to USD 16,200 in prize money.

Too bad he blew all his winnings on a wrong answer in the “Final Jeopardy” segment.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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