Jinx (children's game)

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Jinx is children's game with varying rules and penalties that occurs 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 first 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]


Common penalties for losing or violating a jinx are a pinch, owing a soda, a poke, or a 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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