‘Jeopardy’ star Ken Jennings (jokingly?) suggests an alternative definition for ‘Masshole’

“Masshole” has been used to describe drivers around Boston.
“Masshole” has been used to describe drivers around Boston.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/File 2016/Globe Staff

Former “Jeopardy” contestant Ken Jennings appeared to be having a little fun on Twitter on Sunday, suggested an alternative definition for local nickname “Masshole.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if Jennings had come up with the snappy substitute definition on the fly or if he’d borrowed it from someone, but it didn’t quite match the “formal” definition of Masshole, established in 2015 by the Oxford English Dictionary.

“A term of contempt for: a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts,” reads the official entry for the “coarse slang” word. It is most often used to refer to drivers around Boston.


Still, Jennings, known for his record-setting 74-game winning streak on “Jeopardy,” has unparalleled trivial knowledge. Maybe he knows something we don’t.

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