Jinx (children's game)
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A jinx can be initiated when at least two people say any same word or phrase at the same time.
The game ends when someone speaks the jinxee's name, or when the jinxee "breaks" the jinx by speaking while in a state of being jinxed.[clarification needed] In the latter case, the jinxee loses the game, and often a penalty is exacted, typically a soft drink of some sort.
Common penalties for losing or violating a jinx are a pinch, poke, or punch in the arm.
An alternate penalty is that the loser owes the winner (that is, the person who called jinx)[clarification needed] "a Coke". Victory is often announced when the jinxed person speaks out of turn and the winner yells enthusiastically, "Pinch, poke, you owe me a Coke!"
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