Reading some buzzfeed article I saw someone claiming that in their part of the world they say "paper, scissors, rock" As the article mentions, this seems crazy wrong to most Americans and to me.
Thinking about it, is there a good reason we say the words in that order. I know there are concepts that make us say "tic toc", or describe objects from abstract to specific. Is there some reason we like "rock, paper, scissors" so much, or is it just familiarity that makes anything else seem wrong?
At first glance it looks like the words get more complex as you go, but I don't know if that's a pattern we prefer.