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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]

See also


  1. ^ Roud, Steve (2010). The Lore of the Playground: One Hundred Years of Children's Games, Rhymes & Traditions. Random House UK. p. 379. ISBN 978-1905211517.
  2. ^ Oremland, Jerome D. (1973). "The Jinx game: A ritualized expression of separation-individuation". The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. 28: 419–431. doi:10.1080/00797308.1973.11822303. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  3. ^ Rapoport, Judith (1989). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Amer Psychiatric Pub Incorporated. p. 292. ISBN 978-0880482820.
  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. PMID 2295573.

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