I never heard it called Rochambeau until I moved out here to Seattle from the east coast.
I thought Rochambeau was kicking each other in the balls. Last one standing wins.
I grew up in Hawaii, and we called it Jan Ken Po, which is what they call it in Japan. This site has just informed me that the same game is called Ra Sham Bo in Korean.
I actually think it might be a Southeastern thing. The Stranger's Floridian Jonathan Zwickel is familiar.
It's crazy how french-looking french people look.
Rock, Paper, Scissors is a two-person hand game. It is often used as a selection method in a similar way to coin flipping or drawing straws to randomly select a person for some purpose. However, unlike truly random selections, it can be played with skill if the game extends over many sessions, as a player can often recognize and exploit the non-random behavior of an opponent.
The exact name of the game can vary, with the three components appearing in a different order, or with "stone" in place of "rock". Non-English speakers may know the game by their local words for "rock, paper, scissors", although it is also known as Jankenpon in Japan, and Rochambeau in France.
From Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vilmeur, Count of Rochambeau?
In France it's papier-caillou-cisaux or chifoumi, so *roshambo* isn't of french origin.
I've seen a few false etymologies of roshambo on the internet. One says it's a phonetic representation of the french name, which is clearly false.
Another says it's from the Japanese words used for rock-paper scissors, but these are gu-choki-paa.
This site however says it's the japanese name for the game and they obviously know what the japanese words used are, etc.
I first heard it in California, but it had been shortened (per California), to "rowsh." I didn't hear the full term until much later.
My sources tell me that in parts of Canada it's called "cowboy-ninja-bear". Try to guess which beats which and why!
@10 Ooooh! My guess: Ninja kills cowboy (obviously much more badass). Bear kills ninja (not easily stopped with ninja stars or slicey things). Cowboy kills bear (Davy Crockett style, although I'm not sure he qualifies as a cowboy).
wow, and usually only the smart ones leave washington to go to college...
Mr Poe has it right. We'll show it to you.
But we go first.
I never heard the game called Rochambeau until I lived in San Francisco. My friends who used that name lived near a city park called Rochambeau Playground
So I assumed the name was taken from the name of the park.
it isn't fucking Rochambeau. Have you ever seen it spelled out? It's the way lazy whiteys have bastardized (yet another) non-english phrase. way to go, assholes. and the reason you don't hear it on the east coast is because there isn't as large of an asian population.
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