Final Jeopardy: Legal Terms
The Final Jeopardy question (1/10/2013) in the category “Legal Terms” was:
This term for a type of decision is from Old French for “to speak the truth.”
New champ Kristin Morgan won yesterday’s game, in one of those ‘nobody knew Final Jeopardy!, but I ended up with the most money.’ Nonetheless, she is an excellent player and can win again if she can defeat these two players: Natalie Hudson, from Houston, TX and Parker East, from Tallahassee, FL.
Parker found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Movie Taglines.” He was in the lead with $4,400, $800 more than Kristin in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.
2000: “She brought a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.” show
Natalie finished in the lead with $5,600. Parker was second with $5,400 and Kristin was last with $5,000.
Kristin found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Historical Online Check-ins” on the second clue. She was in a tie for 2nd place with Parker at $5,400 and they were both $200 behind Natalie’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.
1485: @ Bosworth Field, leading my side against those wretched Tudors & I need a ride desperately. show
Parker found the last Daily Double in “4-Letter World Capitals.” He was in third place with $6,600, $3,600 behind Kristin’s lead. He bet $5,000, and he was RIGHT.
Suva, the capital of this island nation, is a shipping & commercial center of the South Pacific. show
Parker finished in the lead with $16,400. Kristin was next with $13,000 and Natalie was in third place with $9,600.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right, presumably.
OK, we don’t know what is going on with Jeopardy’s research department, but here is the etymology of the word “verdict” from the Online Etymology Dictionary (OED) : 1530s, from M.E. verdit (c.1300), “a jury’s decision in a case,” from Anglo-Fr. verdit (O.Fr. voirdit).
Natalie wrote down “voir dire.” She bet $3,401, was called wrong and finished with $6,199.
So we are sure that you noticed that “voirdit” was in the etymology of verdict. And the OED gives us this for voir dire: 1670s, from O.Fr. voir “true” + dire “to say.”
Duhaime.org’s Legal Dictionary online confirms that “voir dire” is French for “to speak the truth,” and Glossophilia.org explains that the “voir” in the phrase is not connected to the modern French word for “to see.” Natalie is an attorney and would be familiar with the term “voir dire” but may subscribe to a commonly accepted belief that it means “look, see” when questioning a jury.
Technically, therefore, Natalie was correct and should have won the game with $13,001, but this is how the rest of the game went down:
Kristin wrote down “roll call.” She lost $6,201, finishing with $6,799.
If you know what Parker wrote down, fill us in, because we couldn’t read that. Whatever it was, it cost him $9,601 so he finished in another tie with Kristin, only it wasn’t for second place this time. It was as co-champion.
That was $99 more than Kristin won yesterday, so she has a 2-day total of $13,499, if this decision is allowed to stand, or if they let her keep the money when they correct themselves.
Note from VJ: In my opinion, they should correct this. If I’m wrong, please tell me why.