On Monday, one medical clue in particular did not sit well with many fans. And they took to social media with their disgust. Coming from a category called Plain-Named Maladies, the clue that was read by host Savannah Guthrie said, “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is also known as Grinch Syndrome because this organ is too small.” The correct answer was, “what is the heart?”
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, also known as POTS, is defined by as a condition that affects the flow of blood through the body, causing dizziness when standing. It occurs mostly in younger women, and also includes elevated heart rate, extreme fatigue and lightheadedness as other common symptoms. There has also been an uptick in POTS diagnosis in patients who also had Covid-19.
But Jeopardy!’s use of the term “grinch syndrome,” and associating it with having a small heart - which is not currently linked to POTS - both rubbed people the wrong way. One , “Oh Jeopardy! this is shameful. I have POTs and am sad you would resort to this. How low. And I might add, incredibly incorrect.”