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7-09-2011 @ 9:51AM
@Tunahead:If you think that the concept of "double jeopardy" is named after the game show, then anyone who assumes you're an idiot is probably correct.Per Merriam-Webster (I miss you, free OED access), the first known occurrence of the word is 1862. Jeopardy! premiered in 1964. In case you're as bad at math as you are as etymology, that means the legal term predates the TV show by 102 years. The concept and the game simply share a common origin in the word jeopardy, which means "exposure to or imminence of death, loss, or injury." So, in the case of "double jeopardy," it refers to the danger that a person faces when they're accused of a crime; and in the game show, it presumably refers to both the fact that a contestant risks having their total winnings reduced every time they answer a question and that they can wager any amount of their total on the last question of the game.Side note: jeopardy doesn't look like a word to me now, I've been thinking about it so much for the past five minutes.
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