Jinx (children's game)

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Jinx is a children's game with varying rules and penalties that occur when two people unintentionally 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 the jinxee speaks. In the latter case, the jinxee loses the game, and often a penalty is exacted, typically a punch on the arm.[4]

An alternative penalty is the individual who initiates the jinx begins counting, and the individual who was jinxed is required to provide a coke for every additional number added to the count, prior to the jinx ending.

In America, if there are two people that say something at the same time, then one person can say "Jinx, you owe me a coke" The person who says it first gets a free coke from the other person.

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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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