What do you call a game played on a piece of paper in which two players write either O or X in a pattern of nine squares?
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In 1864 the first reference was in a British Novel "Can You Forgive Her".
Noughts and Crosses
It was not changed to
until the 20th century in American English.
was used as early as the 16th century to describe a repeated ticking sound. And a version of backgammon was named after this slang.
Here is a snippet from Wikipedia :
The game has a number of English names.
Tick-tack-toe, tic-tac-toe, tick-tat-toe, or tit-tat-toe (United States, Canada).
Noughts and crosses or naughts and crosses (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe).
Exy-ozys, xsie-osies (verbal name only) (Northern Ireland).
Xs and Os (Egypt, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Zimbabwe).
It's called tick-tack-toe.
tick-tack-toe: a simple game in which one player marks down only X's and another only O's, each alternating in filling in any of the nine compartments of a figure formed by two vertical lines crossed by two horizontal lines, the winner being the first to fill in three marks in any horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row.