(Note to the dyslexic: be sure NOT to confuse this with “Google”.)
Horse and goggle --> Horse 'n' goggle --> Horsengoggle
There is a Wikipedia entry for this hand game: a kind of rock-paper-scissors, or drawing straws for a group to pick a single 'winner'.
My question is, within the context of this game, where did the name come from?
My best guesses:
- A jockey on a horse who wears goggles running around a track like the circle of people?
- The goggles that a horse wears, like blinders?
- People goggling (gaping) at a horse race?
- Horsing around and goggling the results?
- Somehow related to the dice, poker, and basketball games called “horse”?
The game may have started in Germany, or from an American whose family came from Germany, so maybe “goggle” has some alternate meaning lost in translation?