People divided over name of game where you knock on people's doors and run away

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There's no doubt that people on social media have the capacity to disagree over anything and everything.

But this week a new debate has broken out on Twitter over a time-honored childhood pastime that most of us will have played at some point in our lives.

On Monday, April 12, a UK-based Twitter user with the handle "@55_Titles" took to the social media platform to ask: "When you were younger what did you call it when you knock on someone's door and run away?"

The tweet quickly picked up a lot of traction from other Twitter users, who all had their own regional names for the prank and couldn't agree with each other.

For instance, one Twitter user replied: "Cherry knocking. My dad chased after them once, pulled one from underneath a car. Turned out to be a friend of mine. Never did it again, at least not our place."

Another person agreed with this name, writing: "Cherry knocking. We once did it with cotton from across the street. We were hiding behind his garden wall...knock knock (he had a knocker)

"SEVERAL TIMES The guy was furious, he couldn't figure out what was going on. We naughty boys were laughing like loons! [sic]"

A third person stated: "Can people reply with their location so we can get this clear? I’m from Middlesex, and we called it 'knock down ginger.'"

But then another person from the area disagreed, writing in reply: "I’m from Middlesex and we called it knock granny out of bed. [sic]"

Someone else then claimed the true name of the game was: "Nicky knocky nido... the best one I saw was when a lad hid on the canopy above the door and knocked every time the owner shut his door and we were hiding in bushes opposite. [sic]"

A Twitter user from Northern Ireland then stated that he called it: "Knock door run (Northern Ireland). My friend and I were once chased by a lunatic with a torch.

"I remember separating to go back to our own homes and ringing to make sure he had survived. Great days."

Meanwhile, a person from the North of England wrote: "I always called it Knock off Ginger in Hull, although after seeing the other replies I think I may be misremembering or maybe misheard it from Knockdown Ginger. [sic]"

Other Twitter users gave slightly more facetious answers to the question.

For example, one Twitter user answered laconically that the name of the game was "Hermes Delivery", in a reference to the parcel courier service.

Meanwhile, someone else wrote: "I don’t know what they used to call it, but these days it’s called parcel delivery service! [sic]"

What did you call this game when you played it as a kid? Let us know your name for it in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Pexels/Suzy Hazelwood

People divided over name of game where you knock on people's doors and run away

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By VT

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There's no doubt that people on social media have the capacity to disagree over anything and everything.

But this week a new debate has broken out on Twitter over a time-honored childhood pastime that most of us will have played at some point in our lives.

On Monday, April 12, a UK-based Twitter user with the handle "@55_Titles" took to the social media platform to ask: "When you were younger what did you call it when you knock on someone's door and run away?"

The tweet quickly picked up a lot of traction from other Twitter users, who all had their own regional names for the prank and couldn't agree with each other.

For instance, one Twitter user replied: "Cherry knocking. My dad chased after them once, pulled one from underneath a car. Turned out to be a friend of mine. Never did it again, at least not our place."

Another person agreed with this name, writing: "Cherry knocking. We once did it with cotton from across the street. We were hiding behind his garden wall...knock knock (he had a knocker)

"SEVERAL TIMES The guy was furious, he couldn't figure out what was going on. We naughty boys were laughing like loons! [sic]"

A third person stated: "Can people reply with their location so we can get this clear? I’m from Middlesex, and we called it 'knock down ginger.'"

But then another person from the area disagreed, writing in reply: "I’m from Middlesex and we called it knock granny out of bed. [sic]"

Someone else then claimed the true name of the game was: "Nicky knocky nido... the best one I saw was when a lad hid on the canopy above the door and knocked every time the owner shut his door and we were hiding in bushes opposite. [sic]"

A Twitter user from Northern Ireland then stated that he called it: "Knock door run (Northern Ireland). My friend and I were once chased by a lunatic with a torch.

"I remember separating to go back to our own homes and ringing to make sure he had survived. Great days."

Meanwhile, a person from the North of England wrote: "I always called it Knock off Ginger in Hull, although after seeing the other replies I think I may be misremembering or maybe misheard it from Knockdown Ginger. [sic]"

Other Twitter users gave slightly more facetious answers to the question.

For example, one Twitter user answered laconically that the name of the game was "Hermes Delivery", in a reference to the parcel courier service.

Meanwhile, someone else wrote: "I don’t know what they used to call it, but these days it’s called parcel delivery service! [sic]"

What did you call this game when you played it as a kid? Let us know your name for it in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Pexels/Suzy Hazelwood