When I was a kid it was simple: You said something at the same time as a friend? You said jinx. And then you giggled.
If you crossed your fingers behind your back, you couldn’t be jinxed. Or was that cooties?
I forget. I’m old.
Today, it’s gotten far more complicated, with an entire series of jinxes, sub-jinxes, peripheral jinxes, and various rituals and remedies for each one. A plain Jinx now requires you to say the other person’s name 3 times before they can speak. Then there’s some sort of a thing called Pickle Jinx which has to do with saying the name three times, followed by a proclamation like “Your name is Sage for the rest of your life!”
Or more classically, “Your name is Poopyhead for the rest of the day!”
Sometimes you can talk after, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes the jinx is passed onto someone else. All I know is the person who gets jinxed gets angry, purses her lips tight, and often stomps her feet, furious that such a horrible punishment has befallen her, simply by saying “orange juice” at the same time as her sister in the diner when asked what she will have to drink.
Fortunately if you don’t want to be jinxed, you can knock on the table, and whoever knocks first can’t be jinxed. But not always. I’m fairly convinced my kids make the rules up as I go along.
And then there’s something called a Rainbow Jinx which I just learned this morning after getting yelled at for asking the kids to brush their teeth. According to Thalia, “A Rainbow Jinx is when, if you get jinxed, then if someone unjinxes you by saying your name three times then the person who unjinxed you now can’t talk.”
As in this world, evidently no good deed goes unpunished in the jinx world either.
Are you following this better than I am? Do these jinx rules have regional differences?
And more importantly, do kids still do cooties, or do I have to wait until third grade til that one?