A to Z Challenge 2013

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A To Z - Jinx

Okay, I skipped yesterday so today is my moment to catch up.  Since we're now on J, the first word to pop into my head was Jinx.  This is one of my favorite words because it's so odd and yet fun to say.  The definition of Jinx is:

1.  A person or thing thought to bring bad luck.
2.  A condition or period of bad luck that appears to have been caused by a person or thing.

It's a funny thing that most people will admit to (or are hesitant to refute) the idea of luck.  Even though rationally the concept of luck doesn't make any sense, we still refer to either good luck or back luck (or both).  A Jinx is of course something that brings on the bad luck.  Something we can point to for blame when things don't go the way we think they should.  What's funny is that despite the negative connotation attributed to the term, it's used everywhere.  There's a band named Jinx, gamers choose the term as their own moniker (and an associated clothing line), and we even have comic book characters that go by that name.

I remember a time when I was younger where we'd yell out the term whenever two people said the same thing at exactly the same time.  Whoever said it first was supposed to get a pop (soda, soft drink, etc) from the other person.  Of course, it was rare than anyone ever paid up but we said it anyway.

Jinx is also a really good Scrabble word.  If you've ever played the game, you know how much fun it is (or not) to have a J and an X in your letters.  They are both worth lots of points, but they can both be really difficult to use too.  Luckily (intended pun), if you stumble on an "I" and an "N", you're good as gold.

Anyway, it's one of my favorite words so it seemed appropriate for a J post.  Are there words like this one that you like, just because?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I call it timing.
And you're right - jinx is an awesome word for Scrabble! Jinxed is even better. Triple score, that's a lot of points.

Cheree said...

I also love Jinx. I don't know why. It just sounds weird. I also loved Jinx off Teen Titans.

Eric said...

Alex - Good point. Timing is a great way to think of things. And yep, Jinxed is a better word for Scrabble :D

Cheree - That's exactly what I think. It has a weird but cool sound to it.