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post #21 of 48
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Originally Posted by shelbean91 View Post
I've never heard of your version, but the racial slur I've heard of is the 'n word' knocking. Not sure where it even came from, but I'm GLAD I never knew that version when I was little and when I did hear it I was old enough to know it was wrong.

thanks for replying to me!
post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by ktbug View Post
Huh, I never heard "ding dong ditch" until I was older; it was always the racial slur when I was a kid. Yeesh.
Some here (N knocking) I grew up in Oregon.
post #23 of 48
i am embarrased to say that is what it was called when i was growing up... i grew up in oregon too.
i heard ding dong ditch in "monster house" lol


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post #24 of 48
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Originally Posted by Sharlla View Post
Some here (N knocking) I grew up in Oregon.
Me too. My brother picked up the term "sp%%k and scram" when he lived in New Mexico.

I've wondered since I was a child how racial slurs could get involved in such a thing.
post #25 of 48
I remember the racial slur term for it too (God, I had completely forgotten about that.) We called it "Ding and Run," though.

Nowadays, it would freak me out if my doorbell rang and no one was there (and I'm home with 2 little ones.) I'd be paranoid all day 'cause I haven't even thought about that game in years!
post #26 of 48
Growing up we called it ding dong ditch in SC. This was a farely racist area It wasn't until I moved back into another black neighbor hood in MO did I hear it refer to "N" knocking. My ex-bil who is black laughed that we called it ding dong ditch instead of "N" knocking. : :
post #27 of 48
We used to call that "Nickey-Nine-Door"... but we never did it since I grew up in the country and the only door around was our own... we rarely got company, so if there was a knock at the door, no one would get it, we'd just all look at each other and say "what was that odd knocking sound?"

post #28 of 48
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Originally Posted by UUMom View Post
Woe! Where the heck do you live! ? How sad!!!!

It's simply known as ding dong ditch here, although there are nearly no children out around my area unsupervised (which I find sad, reallly).

I really do not want to know where you are from, or what you folks call it. I am going to unsub right now so I can be spared the crud.
could someone explain why the term i used is bad? Instead of a post like this?
post #29 of 48
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Originally Posted by Canadianmommax3 View Post
could someone explain why the term i used is bad? Instead of a post like this?
What did you call it? Looking through I couldn't tell.
post #30 of 48
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Originally Posted by SirPentor View Post
What did you call it? Looking through I couldn't tell.

the poster dadinblue posted what we called it. (i'm afraid to post it again)
post #31 of 48
Door bell ditching is a national pastime in the Netherlands. Not only that, but every house is outfitted with the loudest most obnoxious doorbell that can be heard for miles around.
post #32 of 48
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could someone explain why the term i used is bad? Instead of a post like this?
Nickey-nine door? I have no idea why that's bad.
post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by SharonAnne View Post
Nickey-nine door? I have no idea why that's bad.
Yeah seriously! I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of racist, misogynistic and homophobic terms and this really isn't registering. (Maybe not something I should be proud of...)
post #34 of 48
I'm just going to chime in for the fun of it -- I have no idea what this game would be called because I actually never heard of it until just now reading this thread!

I guess we grew up sheltered...
post #35 of 48
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Originally Posted by dadinblue View Post
We used to call that "Nickey-Nine-Door"... but we never did it since I grew up in the country and the only door around was our own... we rarely got company, so if there was a knock at the door, no one would get it, we'd just all look at each other and say "what was that odd knocking sound?"

We called it that too.
post #36 of 48
We called it "knicky-knicky-nine-door". According to the Wikipedia article posted earlier, that's the common name for it in Canada. I'd never heard it called anything else until this thread.
post #37 of 48
my dh (from AB, Canada) called it nicky-nicky-nine-door (and from the wikipedia description it wasn't racist at all) and in California we called it doorbell ditching.

still wondering how this term is racist...or was it "knock down ginger" you were wondering about? That one, according to wikipedia, was also not racist, if it makes you feel any better...

Most people have uttered a phrase and then had that moment of "OH! THAT'S what that means! " -- I had the pleasure of using an anti-semitic phrase when I was about 13 right to my jewish friend and being totally mortified when she said "what did you say?" and I rewound...thought for a minute...and then the realization hit me that I needed to start assessing my acquaintences a little more closely... it's an awful feeling!

oh, and hi again Lisa!
post #38 of 48
We always called it "Ding Dong Ditch" as well, I don't remember ever hearing a racial slur term for it (but I was quite naive about racial slurs as a child as my parents did not use them at all - I wasn't exposed to them).

I am glad you told your kids to stop, a few years ago when I was living in S. Florida, there was a 16 year old doing that with his friends (sadly enough on the night of his birthday). The homeowner heard him at the door and claimed that he thought he was an intruder. The homeowner shot the kid in the back and killed him.
post #39 of 48
Weird! This just happened to us a few nights ago.

What bothered me, was they didn't just knock or ring and run. They POUNDED on the door at 9:30 at night. It woke the baby and scared the living shit out of me. Like, I shrieked and was really scared.

My DH is major pacifist. Nothing riles him, nothing gets to him. He stormed out of the house and found the boys and their father. He was so pissed and told the father how much it had scared us. (This Dad did nothing of course...par for the course with these neighbors)

I could actually see how someone could get shot....
post #40 of 48
I never played Ding Dong Ditch but I played Mailbox Baseball a couple times.
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