u.n. owen on Jeopardy February 1, 2005 2:33 PM   Subscribe

"I'll take swords for 2 million, Trebek"

Calling all Atlanta Mefites: Come see if U.N. Owen owned at her try outs to be on Jeopardy. We'll meet at Manuel's Tavern in Midtown on Feb 11th at 7pm!
posted by Hands of Manos to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:33 PM (17 comments total)

Directions to Manuel's

Reference to:
this link
posted by Hands of Manos at 2:34 PM on February 1, 2005

Do we know if she made it to the show, or not?
posted by Juicylicious at 3:16 PM on February 1, 2005

My best mate won University Challenge. I believe you newworlders call it "College Bowl".
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:22 PM on February 1, 2005

And so Trogdor smote the Trebek, and all was lain to burnination.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 4:25 PM on February 1, 2005

un owen

Who is the next million-dollar Jeopardy Champ?

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posted by amberglow at 4:38 PM on February 1, 2005

HOM, I must say you startled me. "Owned at" was kind of a poor construction. I'm no linguist, but "owned" is a verb that seems to require an object. I would have said "come see if un owen OWNED her tryout for Jeopardy" or something to that effect. As is, I read it as "come see if un owen gets owned at her tryout," in which case, she would be the object.

While I've routinely disagreed with her, that isn't exactly the kind of thing I'd enjoy drinking to.
posted by scarabic at 8:13 PM on February 1, 2005


You know I can handle the snarks here, the bickering, the meanies and the rude people (on mefi)...but do you know the one thing that scares me the most? It's me and my poor grammar!

I sit and sweat out typing something because I always think "ah crap, I'm going to totally bork this up" and then a shiney object floats by and I hit "post" without reading what I just wrote.

And do you know why? Because I never paid attention in English classes!

For that, I apologize to you however I was trying to be remotely humorous in my statement. But I hope you can forgive me on the bad sentence construction. (seriously said, I'm not being sarcastic at all)
posted by Hands of Manos at 9:07 PM on February 1, 2005

there's nothing wrong with what you wrote, Hands, i don't think. Don't ever let it stop you from posting or commenting or anything.

"I owned the pool table last night", and "I owned at pool last night" all work.
posted by amberglow at 9:19 PM on February 1, 2005

People live and die by grammar, Hands of Manos. It's not the steel of the tanks that interrupts the course of our lives so irrettriveably and instantly, but the broken typewriters at the at the pentagon and their low-on-grease typos that kill, fella. Hope you don't have an airstrike spotter for a neighbor, at least, not one who constructs his coordinates poorly.

Dude, hush my mouth, I am no grammar expert. I am being sarcastic at all. And when I'm finally an English teacher I'm totally going to bust your kid's butt in my class!

posted by scarabic at 9:20 PM on February 1, 2005

Thanks guys, but I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm terribly frightened of my own grammar sometimes. I could always write fairly well in college, but then I'd do horribly because of, all, the, commas, and bad things I'd do when i'd not write good. (ya know?)

-this kind of stuck with me. Not that I'm a "looser" but that I honestly did not pay attention in those precious developmental years.

I was too busy drawing, I think.
posted by Hands of Manos at 9:26 PM on February 1, 2005

Speaking of which, your site owns HOM!
posted by Quartermass at 9:43 PM on February 1, 2005

*cuts quartermass!

oh wait, thanks!
posted by Hands of Manos at 10:22 PM on February 1, 2005

There's not a problem with the construction. The Slang Dictionary sez: own v 1. to defeat someone severely... . So, basically it was just like saying "Come see if U.N. Owen excelled at her tryouts". It's fine. It owns.
posted by taz at 1:05 AM on February 2, 2005

Hey guys. I won't know if I make it to the contestant pool until...well, until Saturday night. I'm also currently trying to scrape together funds to get a rental car to go to Atlanta and gas money and such (I'm so dead broke it's not even funny), so hopefully I'll still be able to make it - I'll let you know if not. Gotta beg some cash off the family, or something.
posted by u.n. owen at 8:31 AM on February 2, 2005

Oh, also, I promise I am not snarky in real life. Even to newbs.
posted by u.n. owen at 8:34 AM on February 2, 2005

U.N. Owen,

Tell your family whatever your make from Jeopardy, you'll give them a % to compensate. That'd be an investment they could get behind!
posted by Hands of Manos at 10:53 AM on February 2, 2005

Hmmm, I might be there via Athens. Any idea on a head count?
posted by jmd82 at 10:31 PM on February 2, 2005

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