Paul Atkinson was on the way to living the dream: the “Wheel of Fortune” contestant had landed on the  million-dollar wedge, which would have put him one spin closer to the coveted  prize.

All he had to do was solve the clue, and there was only one letter missing  from the three-word phrase, “Corner Curio Cabinet.” Easy, right?

There was just one problem. Atkinson had never before seen the word  “Curio,” and he mispronounced it. When he read the phrase, it came out sounding  more like “Corno Curro Cabinet,” and the answer was not accepted.