Jinx (children's game)

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Jinx is an all age game with varying rules and penalties that occurs when two people unintentionally or intentionally speak the same word or phrase simultaneously.[1][2]


A jinx can be initiated when at least two people say any same word or phrase at the same time.[3] One of them then calls "jinx" on the other.

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.[4]


Common penalties for losing or violating a jinx are a pinch, poke, or punch in the arm.[citation needed]

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!" Another common saying is "Jinx you owe me a soda!"[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Roud, Steve (2010). The Lore of the Playground: One Hundred Years of Children's Games, Rhymes & Traditions. Random House UK. p. 379. ISBN 1905211511. 
  2. ^ Oremland, Jerome D. (1973). "The Jinx game: A ritualized expression of separation-individuation.". The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child 28: 419–431. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Rapoport, Judith (1989). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Amer Psychiatric Pub Incorporated. p. 292. ISBN 0880482826. 
  4. ^ Leonard, Henrietta L.; Goldberger, Erica A.; Rapoport, Judith L.; Cheslow, Deborah L.; Swedo, Susan E. (1990). "Childhood Rituals: Normal Development or Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms?". Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 29 (1): 18. doi:10.1097/00004583-199001000-00004. 

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