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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2004 9:20 pm    Post subject: What do you call this? Reply with quote

My son, the BrownBoy, was waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting) for us to get out to the car so we could get to where we were going. To make us go faster, he rang the doorbell and ran off. MrBrown asked who was at the door and I said, "no one, it was the BrownBoy playing
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Knock a Door Ginger
. MrBrown scoffed and said, "that's not what it's called, it's called
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Knocky Knocky Nine Door


What do YOU call this?

BTW, I never played this game as a child even at my own house because I was afraid that my mother would Speak To Me. MrBrown, on the other hand, had a misspent youth and played this on his neighbours once or twice and got in a little bit of trouble. One of the neighbours chased him and his buddies and scared them half to death. They never did it again...


or so he says....


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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2004 9:48 pm    Post subject: Re: What do you call this? Reply with quote

MrsBrown wrote:
... rang the doorbell and ran off. ...

What do YOU call this?

Spoiler (highlight to read):
Knock up ginger
When I moved to Ontario, I learned of
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Nicky Nicky Nine Door
I've never heard the
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"Knocky Knocky Nine Door" version


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PostPosted: Sat 27 Nov, 2004 9:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What do you call this? Reply with quote

MrsBrown wrote:
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BTW, I never played this game as a child even at my own house because I was afraid that my mother would Speak To Me...


I forgot to mention that I did play this game as a child, at least once. I don't think my monther ever found out.

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PostPosted: Sun 28 Nov, 2004 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid that I too had a misspent youth and played this game (only once - I think we lost our nerve after the first house). I always called it

Spoiler (highlight to read):
Knock up Ginger


But some of my friends called it

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Knock a door Ginger


I've never heard of

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"Knicky knicky nine door"


or any variation on that theme


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PostPosted: Sun 28 Nov, 2004 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrsBrown, what does the BrownBoy call this game? skip


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PostPosted: Sun 28 Nov, 2004 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blm wrote:
MrsBrown, what does the BrownBoy call this game? skip


He calls it Knocky-Knocky-Nine-Door. stomp stomp stomp


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PostPosted: Sun 28 Nov, 2004 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been informed by the resident expert that we are all wrong Exclamation When I mentioned that there was discussion about the name and what I called it, he said that he was a bad boy and had bad boys as friends (I'm a little disturbed that this was said with a significant amount of glee) and played the game often - so he should know la la la . They called the game "Knock on Ginger".

This same expert claimed that there was no way that I could know the correct name because I was a goody-two-shoes who probably never played it. (Some surprise - and disbelief - registered when I divulged that I had played it.)

stomp stomp stomp stomp


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PostPosted: Sun 28 Nov, 2004 7:07 pm    Post subject: a little doorbell research Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
I have been informed by the resident expert that we are all wrong Exclamation

Pffftt. boo! boo! boo! boo!

I did a little searching - here are some of the names I found. Then I searched for each string in google and google groups to see how many hits there were for each.

  • Knock down ginger: google 1560, google-groups 409
  • Ding dong ditch: google 3410, google-groups 253
  • Nicky nicky nine door: google 59, google-groups 10 stomp
  • Knock up ginger: google 34, google-groups 10 la la la
  • Knock a door ginger: google 11, google-groups 6
  • Knocky knocky nine door: google 1, google-groups 0
  • Knock on ginger: google 0, google-groups 3
  • Knocking on a front door then running away: google 0, google-groups 1


However, in a recent survey, 2 out of 3 people said it was called "knocky knocky nine door", so go figure. whoo hoo!


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PostPosted: Mon 29 Nov, 2004 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: a little doorbell research Reply with quote

blm wrote:
llizard wrote:
I have been informed by the resident expert that we are all wrong Exclamation

Pffftt. boo! boo! boo! boo!


Clearly, resident experts who admit to being bad boys cannot be trusted. This same expert said that the game would NEVER be played here in Toronto because there were no good places to hide Exclamation

(Hmmm, it makes one wonder if the resident expert tried to play the game recently and got caught.... skip )


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PostPosted: Mon 29 Nov, 2004 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my town it was called variously "Knock down Ginger", "Knocky Nine Door" and "Knocky Eye Door".
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PostPosted: Mon 29 Nov, 2004 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never heard of any of these expressions. The only one that makes sense to me is "Knocking on a front door then running away." Who is "Ginger" anyways? why can't we knock on Frank or Susan?
I have to admit that I played this game more than once too la la la la la la whoo hoo! skip


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Dec, 2004 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goldilocks raises a good question about the etymology of the expression "knock (on, up, down, a-door) ginger." I note that Goldilocks suggests that Ginger is a person, but is that a correct assumption Question skip

I played "knock up ginger" in two Western Canadian provinces as a child. This might surprise people who erroneously may have thought I was a goody-two-shoes, whereas in fact I recall that I may have been the instigator of some of these episodes.

Another common illicit childhood game played when parents were out or napping has now been virtually eliminated by call-display and *69. I don't know whether making childish prank telephone calls had any name.


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PostPosted: Tue 14 Dec, 2004 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to confess that I played a lot of childhood games based around annoying the neighbours. One involved setting fire to a wad of newspaper stuffed inside the bottom of their cast iron drainpipes. The massive up draught of such a long narrow pipe produced a roaring sound of gradually increasing pitch that often lead to the house occupants looking at the sky expecting to see a plane plummeting towards the ground. This was known as "doing a bull-roarer".
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