‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Bashing Gen-Z Slang Clues, Miss Alex Trebek

Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! | YouTube

Jeopardy! fans are not happy with some of the questions lately on the show. It seems that the show is bringing in more current more modern pop culture questions, which has upset people preferring the classic historical questions of the Alex Trebek era.

Here is what has fans upset now about the recent Jeopardy! questions.

Fans Complaining About Jeopardy! Slang Clues

This past week on Jeopardy!, there was a question that has many fans lamenting the loss of “serious” questions on the show. While many of the questions are still about obscure historical trivia bits, lately it has tried to mix things up with some more recent modern-day clues. That happened on Thursday.

Drew Basile on Jeopardy! | YouTube
Drew Basile on Jeopardy! | YouTube

This clue was for $800 under the category “In The Streets.” Ken Jennings read the clue, “In the streets, it’s your rival; Maxo Kream rhymes the word with ‘drop.'” Former Survivor contestant Drew Basile responded with, “What is Opp.” The term “Opp” is the abbreviation of the word “opponent”: and can also mean “enemy.”

This is a word that has become more popular lately thanks to its use in the Kendrick Lamar diss track “Not Like Us.” It is also a term people use in video game chatrooms (similar to “Sus” which means someone is acting suspicious).

However, Jeopardy! fans did not seem amused.

Jeopardy! Fans Blast Use Of Slang Terms On Show

Fans took to social media to complain about the clue and the slang term, “Opp.” It seems that some fans feel these more modern slang terms from Gen-Z viewers are not “appropriate” for a serious quiz show like Jeopardy!.

Here is a sample of the complaints after this episode of Jeopardy!:

  • “When did Jeopardy start teaching ppl about hood slang”
  • “Opp being a word on jeopardy is nuts”
  • “The culture continues to be vultured, since when did famous game shows start using the word opp.”
  • “I miss Alex Trebek … Jeopardy used to be a serious show”

Of course, for years Jeopardy! has had questions using slang terms, including some by William Shakespeare who created many slang terms that people in his time likely hated just as much as people today hate these new terms.

This also isn’t the first time that fans have complained about these terms infiltrating their game show. In May, Jeopardy! had a category called “Internet Slang.” One clue read, “Slang like ‘fanum tax’ and ‘skibidi’ baffle many; it’s associated with this generation, a name that unfittingly follows Gen Z.”

Matt Amodio got it right by saying “What is Gen Alpha.” However, fans then hated the use of current terms as well.

What are your thoughts on Jeopardy! adding slang terms into the categories? Is it all fair, or should these be saved for Pop Culture Jeopardy! when it premieres on Prime Video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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