I have the distinct feeling there's a word often used when two people type the same thing at the same time in Internet chat contexts. Not necessarily exactly the same words, but closely related.

Maybe I've even come across it myself but forgotten it. All I can think of now is "Snap!", but that sounds a bit lame in this day and age (who plays cards nowadays, with all these video games?).

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    This is called "Jinx! You owe me a Coke" in regular conversations.
    – Oldcat
    Feb 20 '14 at 0:36
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    I'm familiar with some common responses to that, like “great minds think alike (GMTA)” and “jinx,” but I'm not aware of any terms used to describe the phenomenon. Feb 20 '14 at 0:36
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    @Oldcat Damn. I forgot to read the comments before posting! But, as I've fleshed out a diatribe on the rules of the Jinx game, I will let it stand. Especially, because, I was the one typing simultaneously to Fumble in the first place!
    – David M
    Feb 20 '14 at 3:06
  • I'm having the same problem right now. I was talking to my track coach today's and I needed to use this word but my mind was blank! I think I could be "simultaneously" but I'm not sure! It's driving me crazy!
    – user90414
    Sep 5 '14 at 3:56

If it were spoken word, one would yell "Jinx!" (Alternately, "Jinx, buy me a coke!")

And, according to the rules of the game when I grew up, be unable to speak until they purchased a Coke for the yeller. If they spoke prior to paying the fine, they were subjected to a hard punch in the upper arm.

As to its use in chat . . . Well, I think it could be applicable.

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    I'm more familiar with the "you owe me a coke" construction from @Oldcat than "buy me . . .". In chat -- JYOMAC, perhaps? Feb 20 '14 at 4:11
  • @joseph_morris JYOMAC. Yeah, I like it. It types well, too. Fairly easy to find on the keyboard. It is rather hard to punch people over the internet, though.
    – David M
    Feb 20 '14 at 5:37
  • Yes, it was actually used to keep the younger ones quiet, if I'm remembering the way my kids did it. :) Feb 20 '14 at 10:26
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    @fumblefingers Stupid autocorrect! It loves to insert that apostrophe. Thanks for catching my error and editing so I didn't appear to be a ninny!
    – David M
    Feb 20 '14 at 13:53
  • I did wonder. I'm pretty sure I did another it's on one of your posts before. In the context of your writing in general, but I didn't think it was likely you wouldn't have known which version takes the apostrophe. But every now and then I've caught myself writing things like there for their - which looks absolutely awful if I notice it afterwards (and I don't even have the luxury of blaming "autocorrect", since I don't use anything like that! :) Feb 20 '14 at 14:01

In radio comms this is 'crosstalk' and could apply to text as well. Crosstalk can mean several related things, but generally means interference between channels or between halves of a half-duplex channel.

The dictionary definition isn't as specific as its use in radio jargon.

  • In my experience with comms, crosstalk refers to when two or more people try to transmit a message at the same time, although does not mean they are trying to say the same thing, which I think is what the original post is asking for. Good to see some comms lingo given some air-time though!
    – long
    Feb 20 '14 at 4:45
  • Ah, right. I didn't read the OP closely enough.
    – Jim Mack
    Feb 21 '14 at 3:11

it is called synchronicity. when two people come up with something at the exact same time.


The word I think you're looking for is simpatico (sometimes spelled sympatico). My friend and I experience this a lot when we are texting. As I am texting her a message and hitting the send button, I receive a nearly identical message from her. It's an uncanny experience at times.


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