Do you remember when you were a small child, and it was the most hilarious thing to knock on someone’s door and run away?
As we grow older, sadly things such as going to work and earning money become much more important and these childhood favourites fell out of fashion.
Throughout history, one of the ways children globally have wasted time was by knocking on a neighbours’ door and running away, and then watching from around the corner as the confused victim opens the door to find no one there.
As a kid, that was considered utterly hilarious, and it’s a sad day when it happens to you as an adult and you realise you’re officially old.
But it turns out that many of us have different names for this childhood pastime, ranging from the most common to some we think people might have made up.
One Twitter user asked: “When you were younger what did you call it when you knock on someone’s door and run away?”
Giving the most common answer, one person said: “Knock Down Ginger,” while other said they always called it: “Knock a door run.”
But some people, however, had very different names for it, including “Chickenelly,” which apparently is used in some parts of Scotland.
One person (rather menacingly) claimed they called it: “Knock granny out of bed.”
Another from Sunderland, said: “We called it Knocky Nine Doors.”
One well-travelled Brit added: “Growing up initially in the North we called it ‘knock-a-door-run’, pretty much does what it says on the tin.
“Then spent [the] latter part of my childhood in the south and for reasons which continue to bewilder me it was called ‘knock-down-ginger’. Makes absolutely no sense.”
Well, we can agree on the last sentence for sure.
Meanwhile overseas, a lot of people in America seem to call it “Ding, Dong, Ditch.”
In South Africa, one person explained they call it “Tok-tokkie,” which originates from a local beetle that taps the ground.
However, others fancied a joke at the expense of delivery services.
One person joked: “Not sure but Hermes created a business model around it.”
While another added: “Royal Mail Delivery.”
So the most reasonable conclusion is that there isn’t one ‘correct’ answer after all.