Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Paper Scissors Stone Club

     我剛看到篇有關"剪刀石頭布"英文說法的blog,好奇之下我另外查了一下發現這本書裡頭有很有趣的敘述: "The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide" By Douglas Walker, Professor Graham Walker (Google Books可以找到這本書,在chapter 1裡頭。可能會有人無法看到內容。我也只能看到一部份)
      關於這遊戲的起源,這書裡頭寫的("Janken, or the Birth of Modern RPS")和Wikipedia這篇的內容大致符合,是說從日本的Janken開始。接著因為一些理由(*1)the Paper Scissor Stone Club在1842年於倫敦成立。
     (再下來就是很有趣的)在1918年他們改名成World RPS Club(*2),理由呢是因為”有人”惡意稱他們為”PiSSers”(*3)。據傳這是由the Coin-Tossing Confederation的會員傳開的,因為他們認為是the PSS Club的人最早用”Tossers”(*4)這稱呼來取笑他們。
     大約在這時候World RPS Club將他們的總部遷到加拿大的多倫多。理由呢?同樣的也是請看(*1),因為知道整個情況後讀下面這個原文會比較能夠知道笑點:
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Canada was seen as an excellent choice since it was seen as a "safe, ....., yet not inhabited by the descendents of criminals(*5)."
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      另外在這本書裡頭的第18,19頁上有兩個有趣的(對話)例子,有興趣的人也可以找來看


(*1) 有興趣的人可以用books.google.com找來讀
(*2) RPS : Rock, Paper, Scissors。他們在之後又改名成World RPS Society
(*3) http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/pisser
http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/piss_1
(*4) http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/tosser
(*5) 指的是澳洲

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Hopscotch, hangman, hot potato, and ha, ha, ha: a rulebook of children's games - Page 87
Jack Maguire - 1990
[quote]
Scissors, Paper, Stone
(Also known as Rock, Paper, Scissors)
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另一名稱。看樣子"Stone"這說法並沒有消失在歷史之中:
Derren Brown - How To Play Paper, Scissors, Stone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFaCLUwuORM


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這一討論串裡頭提到的"stone"的幾篇都是來自UK
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.usage.english/browse_thread/thread/7729eebdba800f26/bbf39789682e45c4

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http://groups.google.com/group/alt.usage.english/browse_thread/thread/586537b339e83d89/c170f77cfb97566c