December 14, 2013 2:40 AM UTC

Bitcoin Mentioned in Jeopardy!

People around the world recognize this white font against the blue background. Jeopardy!


Jeopardy! is currently in its 30th season and has won just as many Daytime Emmy Awards since its inception in America all those decades ago.  Nowadays, the American family experience of crowding around the “telly” to watch Alex Trebek has been passed on to the next generation with Jeopardy’s Kids Week, and around the world with many regional syndicated versions of Jeopardy.  Jeopardy has been voted by TV Guide to be the number one Game show of all time… This must mean that Jeopardy! is an even better barometer of American [Western] cultural knowledge than even The Simpsons, whom also recently mentioned Bitcoin.

Now, in Reddit and Bitcointalk discussion, Bitcoiners have pointed out again and again that the iconic white and blue question displayed on the “telly” could be answered by “Litecoin” or “Primecoin” or even “Ripple.”  However, a little more familiarity with the world’s greatest game show ever reveals that this special hint,

A digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need of a central bank,

does indeed only have one answer.  Jeopardy “hints” are grouped under categories; well, really the answers are grouped under categories, but you get the idea.  The particular category that this hint appeared under was this:

New To The Oxford Dictionaries.

As of now, the only digital currency officially in the Oxford Dictionary is ‘Bitcoin’.  It might be some time before even ‘Litecoin’ makes it into the Oxford Dictionary.  By the way, these words are added to the online version of the Oxford Dictionary not necessarily the one that is in print and in schools around the world.  Oxford Dictionary only recently added ‘Bitcoin’ and along with it the words ‘Selfie’ and ‘Twerk’.  While those words aren’t the best company for Bitcoin, the fact that a dictionary’s inclusion of ‘Bitcoin’ is Jeopardy! worthy knowledge is indeed a quantifiable step in Bitcoin’s path to mainstream acceptance.

For those interested in learning more about Jeopardy! and seeing Bitcoin mentioned on non-news television without a picture of cassacius coins, please watch the relevant clip included below.

Have a cryptic day, mis amigos.

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