They might be some of the brightest game show players in the country, but even Countdown contestants can come unstuck when it comes to pronouncing words.
A guide given to players and audience members on the Channel 4 show includes a reminder on how to correctly say the word ‘consonant’.
The manual tells contestants to say the word ‘clearly’ on camera, revealing that in the past it has been pronounced ‘continent’ and ‘condiment’, sparking complaints from pedantic viewers.
The rules were shared by a Twitter user called Annie, who said she ‘loved them’ and knew others would get a thrill out of them as well.
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Co-presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley is asked by contestants for a vowel or a consonant as part of the word game
Twitter user Annie shared the list of do’s and don’ts for contestants taking part in the Channel 4 show insisting they were ‘100 per cent genuine’
Participants must also pretend to clap, should never say ‘can I get’ when requesting letters or numbers from co-host Rachel Riley and are also asked not to say ‘please’ too often.
The do’s and don’ts of Channel 4’s trivia programme went viral on social media, with many taking delight at how fussy viewers are when it comes to complaints.
Annie posted the tweet earlier this month which read: ‘Rules for going on Countdown. These are 100% genuine.’
She shared a particularly amusing revelation about the different way contestants had pronounced the word ‘consonant’ over the years.
‘In the past, anything from “continent”, “condiment” to “constanant” has been used, much to the irritation of viewers.’
Another advised: ‘When requesting letters or numbers from Rachel, please avoid the expression “can I get” because this generates a large number of complaints from viewers.’
Participants are also encouraged not to clap because it can interfere with their microphones.
‘When clapping, please just pretend to do so,’ it states.
From pretending to clap, not saying ‘can I get’ when talking to Rachel, not to say too many pleases and saying consonant correctly
Participants appearing on the game show, which is presented by former The Apprentice star Nick Hewer (pictured), have to adhere to the strict rules
One extraordinary request also mentioned was the overuse of ‘please’.
‘Contestants should avoid saying “please” too often when selecting letters.
‘Once for the first letter and once for the last letter is probably best as we get complaints for no “pleases” and complaints for too many.’
Producers also encourage Countdown contestants to make an effort and ‘dress smartly’ but not to expect to a totally new look on camera.
‘Although everyone is given a dust over by make-up before the show for camera purposes, do not expect a complete transformation,’ it read.
Annie added after the enormous response: ‘My Twitter has gone into meltdown over the Countdown thread. I knew people would love them as much as I do.’
Channel 4 have been contacted for comment.
The rules reveal more about the pedantic nature of the show’s pedantic viewers which delighted people on social media