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'Countdown' features the word MINGE - picture

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Daily gameshow Countdown grabbed attention this afternoon when a middle clutch of letters pulled out for the board spelled the word "MINGE".

Twitter was all a flutter, and thankfully in the age of catch-up TV it was very easy to pop on to 4OD and see it for ourselves.

The word MINGE features on Countdown

© Channel 4

A contestant considers the word MINGE on countdown

© Channel 4



To think that only this morning, Rachel Riley claimed that "you can't have blatant filth" on the show. She was clearly lying.

The winning combination from this round was actually the word "MINGERS", with Suzi Purcell beating Elaine Rhodes to the seven points.

Asked about the indelicate word popping up, Channel 4 said: "We have it on good authority that the word 'minge' is in the Oxford Dictionary.

"Just goes to show that as a Countdown viewer you learn something every day."

Of course, it's not the first time a less-than-dinner-table-friendly word has made it on to the programme.

Earlier this year, Mark indulged himself, winning six quick points with "W**KER".

A couple of years ago, however, both contestants were too coy to rearrange U, D, F, C, K and E.

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