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In Russian, the sequence is “rock, scissors, paper”: камень, ножницы, бумага (kámen’, nóžnitsy, bumága). The most obvious reason for this very sequence is that it makes a trochaic tetrameter verse, like Double, double, toil and trouble or Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater. The “paper, scissors, rock” sequence is also trochaic, namely, it is catalectic trochaic ...


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