Just a quick survey here, out of nothing but curiosity. Tonight we were watching a pre-recorded episode of Jeopardy! The question was, "It's the last name of the bear family seen here, as well as their creators Stan and Jan."
The contestant answered BerenSTEEN, as did I. My husband agreed with me. Alex agreed with her. Then, a few clues later, Trebek informs her she answered incorrectly and the real pronunciation is BerenSTAIN, therefore they could not accept the answer. I mean, what the what?! We were infuriated. I grew up adoring the Berenstain Bears books, tv shows, etc. and so did he. AND THAT'S HOW WE PRONOUNCED IT, TREBEK! BerenSTEEN. I do not whatsoever recall ever having ever pronounced it BerenSTAIN. Psshaw.
Also, why are the judges so inconsistant with pronunciation? I understand if your mispronunciation means something else entirely, but let's face it. When Badger says "ri-cote-ah" instead of "ri-cot-ta", you correct him but at least understand that he's talking about the same thing/knows how to spell it in order to save $1,000 on his Jeopardy! score.
Later, the same contestant was robbed some more money for adding an 's' on the end of a name and also lost the game by a mere $200. Poor girl.
So I just want some input on this. If you can remember, did you pronounce this family as BerenSTAIN or BerenSTEEN? If you could so kindly reply at the top of the page to your right.....