I never thought to see it while Alex Trebek was there, but one of the Jeopardy questions on the 2012 Kids Week competition contained the following expression:
…kick some serious butt
I donâ€™t remember the entire question. Something to do with a video game I think. The phrase was not in quotation marks, but a part of the question. It may have been my imagination, but I think that the children reacted as I did, a little shocked to see it in the context of a Jeopardy question.
The expression â€œto kick buttâ€ and the word â€œbuttâ€ for rear end or behind may be very common in informal conversation, but to my ear it still sounds extremely vulgar in a context that calls for standard English. Itâ€™s too bad that the writers on Jeopardy–who are so careful to check their answers with the Oxford English Dictionary–imagine that “butt” is an acceptable word to use in a question, especially a question for children.