[Lingtyp] Non-compositional words for “rock-paper-scissors"

Daniel Ross djross3 at gmail.com
Mon May 2 15:25:42 UTC 2022

Hi Ian,

Are you aware of the alternative English form?
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/roshambo (or "ro sham bo")

Note that the examples so far are all three syllables, so I would suspect
that they are some kind of substitution for the literal/compositional form.
So these are not fully compositional, but they are at least partially
iconic. It seems like a language game in itself, as some kind of code.
Given your previous questions to the list, maybe that's why you're asking:
they may contain some kind of ideophone or ideophone-like pieces.


On Mon, May 2, 2022 at 8:01 AM Alex Francois <alex.francois.cnrs at gmail.com>

> hi Ian,
> In French, the name is known as "Chifoumi":
> https://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/chifoumi
> best,
> Alex
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> From: JOO, Ian [Student] <ian.joo at connect.polyu.hk>
> Date: Mon, 2 May 2022 at 16:30
> Subject: [Lingtyp] Non-compositional words for “rock-paper-scissors"
> To: LINGTYP <lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org>
> Dear all,
> I’m making a list of non-compositional words for the rock-paper-scissors
> game or similar games.
> In other words, I’m looking for words for “rock-paper-scissors” that do
> not consist of words for “rock”, “paper”, and “scissors”, or any other
> meanings, such as German Schnick Schanck Schnuck, Thai bpao ying choop, etc.
> I would much appreciate it if you could share with me any words for this
> game or its kind that do not consist of meaningful words.
> From Korea,
> Ian
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