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Saying the same word at the same time

Jinx, Smurf – or something else? In Gothenburg, Sweden, children nowadays often shout “Smurf!” if two people happen to say the same word at the same time. The first person to say "Smurf" becomes the winner. In older folklore collections we find statements about chants that were used, and also rituals that had to be performed, for example, pressing thumbs together and then making a wish.

In our project Everyday Magic we want to document modern folklore. Previous topics for web questionnaires have documented superstitions about manhole covers as well as methods for seeing whether a pregnant woman is expecting a girl or a boy. This time we want to document variations of the tradition of “saying the same thing”, a game which has existed at least since the nineteenth century and which is played over much of Europe and the USA.

Have you ever heard that you have to say/do something specific if two people happen to say the same thing at the same time? We appreciate your help in documenting the tradition by completing and/or sharing the web questionnaire below.

Saying the Same Word

About Yourself
In order to contextualize and understand a phenomenon it is important to gather information about where it takes place and who is giving the information. Please state where and when you were born and where you live now. If you wish to remain anonymous, however, you need not state your name and e-mail address below.

The Institute´s Questionnaires
One of the archive’s aims is to document the folk culture of our time for the future. State below if you approve of your narrative being incorporated into our public folklore collections and thus being preserved for future generations. Please also state if you wish to receive further information by e-mail about future surveys by the archive - and if so do not forget to fill in your e-mail address above.
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Uppdaterad 31 januari 2017

For more information, please contact:

Fredrik Skott

E-mail: Fredrik Skott

Telephone: +46 735 58 60 84