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

Tim Bodt tb47 at soas.ac.uk
Mon May 2 16:34:09 UTC 2022

Hi Ian,

While in standard Dutch, Flemish and Frisian this game is commonly known by
its compositional names (cf.
there was a similar game played in the Dutch East Indies that was called by
the non-compositional name *soeten* ('to* soet*', see the first page on
This name is derived from its Indonesian name *suwit - suit *or *sut *(
https://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suit, see also, for example,
also *gamsit*,
https://warisanbudaya.kemdikbud.go.id/?newdetail&detailCatat=7180)*.* It is
known as *pingsut *in Javanese (https://jv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingsut)
and *suten
*in Sundanese (https://su.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suten). Instead of rock, paper
(or leaf) and scissors and the whole hand (this game is literally
translated as *batu, gunting, kertas* or *suwit jepang* 'Japanese *suwit*',
https://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_gunting_kertas), the game uses elephant,
man and ant and three fingers.

In using animals, I guess it is similar to the Japanese game of *mushi-ken*
(虫拳), which originated in China (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansukumi-ken

Best, Tim.

On Mon, 2 May 2022 at 16:30, JOO, Ian [Student] <ian.joo at connect.polyu.hk>

> 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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