Self explanatory. I've read that they stand for rock, paper and scissors, but I can't find any ultimate origin of why these terms are what they are. Thanks!

1 Answer 1


They are derived from the onomatopoeia used to describe the motions the hand makes when playing.

According to Japanese Wikipedia:

  • ぐっと拳を握るからグー
  • チョキンと切るからチョキ
  • ぱっと手を広げるからパー

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .