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

Timur Maisak timur.maisak at gmail.com
Mon May 2 18:28:41 UTC 2022

Dear Ian et al.,
when we discuss expressions related to the “rock-paper-scissors" game, I
think it is important to distinguish three components:
(1) the first part of what is said during the game,
i.e. “rock-paper-scissors" proper or something equivalent to it
(2) the second part of what is said, namely "one-two-three" or an
equivalent of this
(3) the name of the game used to refer to it in a context like "let's play
X" or "let's do it with X" - this name is probably often identical or
related to (1) or (2)

In particular, in Russian the "canonical" (1) is "камень-ножницы-бумага",
but sometimes this can be a reduced version "камано-магано" (obviously
related to "кам(ень)-но(жницы)", or other variants.
For (2), in Russian "раз-два-три" can be used, but there also exist many
other variants. It is these variants of (2) that are shown on the map that
Valeria sent. I am not sure they are also used as (3), i.e. the name of the
game - for some reason, at least for Russian it is easier to say what are
the expressions used for (1) and (2) than for the game as a whole.

Timur Maisak

пн, 2 мая 2022 г. в 21:06, Валерия Модина <st072157 at student.spbu.ru>:

> Dear Ian,
> There is a map of Russian variants of rock-paper-scissors:
> https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/WqYRa/1/. This map was made by a blogger
> https://twitter.com/Cooleach and it is based on answers of ~1100 people.
> It is available only in cyrillic, but if you need any help with it, please
> feel free to contact me.
> Best,
> Valeria Modina
> пн, 2 мая 2022 г. в 17:30, 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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