Lexicographer Ben Zimmer on the etymology of roshambo.

Why Do Some People Call Rock-Paper-Scissors Roshambo?

Why Do Some People Call Rock-Paper-Scissors Roshambo?

A show about the mysteries of English.
May 17 2016 11:33 AM

Why Some People Call Rock-Paper-Scissors Roshambo

How an American Revolutionary War figure spawned a new name for a very old game.

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word roshambo with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on the word, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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